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Kavanaugh and Ford testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee

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In a clash along a polarized nation’s political and cultural fault lines, the Senate Judiciary Committee began its historic hearing Thursday in which Brett Kavanaugh hoped to salvage his Supreme Court nomination by fending off allegations by Christine Blasey Ford that he’d molested her when both were in high school.

Ford sat impassively at the witness table as committee chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa began his opening remarks, defending the Republicans’ handling of the confirmation proceedings so far.

Kavanaugh and Ford were the only witnesses invited to testify before the panel of 11 Republicans — all men — and 10 Democrats. But the conservative jurist is facing allegations of sexual misconduct from other women as well, forcing Republican leaders to struggle to keep support for him from eroding. (AP)

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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP, Pool)


Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) shouts while questioning Judge Brett Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. Kavanaugh was called back to testify about claims by Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images


Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh gives his opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Photo: Saul Loeb/Pool Image via AP)


Senator Patrick Leahy points to a page from Brett Kavanaugh’s yearbook as he testifies in front of the Senate Judiciary committee regarding sexual assault allegations on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, U.S., September 27, 2018. (Photo: Gabriella Demczuk/Pool via Reuters)


Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (Photo: Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)


Ashley Kavanaugh listens to her husband, Judge Brett Kavanaugh testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. Kavanaugh was called back to testify about claims by Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)


Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (Photo: Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)


Edward Kavanaugh and his wife Martha, parents of Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, listen as he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP, Pool)


Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (Photo: Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)


Judge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in before testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, Sept. 27, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)


Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in before testifying during the Senate Judiciary Committee, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tom Williams/Pool Image via AP)


Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh arrives to testify before the US Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Sept. 27, 2018. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)


Judge Brett Kavanaugh arrives to testify with his wife Ashley Estes Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Harnik, Pool/AP)


Christine Blasey Ford is comforted by her attorney as she testifies before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Sept. 27, 2018. (Photo: Saul Loeb/Pool via Reuters)


Christine Blasey Ford takes a break in her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lawyers seated are Debra Katz and Michael Bromwich. (Photo: Saul Loeb/Pool Image via AP)


Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party 36 years ago, testifies before the US Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Sept. 27, 2018. (Photo: Melina Mara/POOL/AFP/Getty Images)


Rachel Mitchell, counsel for Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans, questions Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as Senators, from left, Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Ben Sasse, R-Neb., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Mike Lee, R-Utah., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, listen during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, focusing on allegations of sexual assault by Kavanaugh against Christine Blasey Ford in the early 1980s. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/POOL)


Senator Dianna Feinstein, D-Calif., and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., talk as Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Photo: Michael Reynolds/Pool Image via AP)


Christine Blasey Ford she tears up at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Sept. 27, 2018. (Photo: Melina Mara/Pool via Reuters)


Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa., talks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with Christine Blasey Ford, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool)


Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., cries as Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Harnik, Pool/AP)


Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party 36 years ago, testifies before the US Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Sept. 27, 2018. (Photo: Saul Loeb/Pool/AFP/Getty Images)


From left, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., listen as Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Thursday, Sept, 27, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Photo: Tom Williams/Pool Image via AP)


Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party 36 years ago, testifies before the US Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Sept. 27, 2018. (Photo: Saul Loeb/Pool/AFP/Getty Images)


Phoenix prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, points to a map as she questions to Christine Blasey Ford at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington. Senators from left, Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah. (Photo: Tom Williams/Pool Image via AP)


Sen. Lindsey Graham listens as Christine Blasey Ford speaks before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 in Washington. (Photo: Michael Reynolds/Pool Image via AP)


Protesters stand in a stairwell before a hearing where Christine Blasey Ford will testify about an accusation that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 in Washington, D.C., Sept.27, 2018. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/REuters)


Professor Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a sexual assault in 1982, takes a drink prior to testifying before a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Sept. 27, 2018. (Photo: Jim Bourg/Reuters)


Senator Mazie Hirono attends a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Christine Blasey Ford to testify about sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Sept. 27, 2018. (Photo: Erin Schaff/Pool via Reuters)


Christine Blasey Ford talks with her attorney Michael Bromwich as she prepares to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building at the Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Sept. 27, 2018. (Photo: Win McNamee/Pool via Reuters)


Christine Blasey Ford is sworn in before testifying the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building at the Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Sept. 27, 2018. (Photo: Win McNamee/Pool via Reuters)


Christine Blasey Ford is sworn in by Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (Photo: Tom Williams/Pool Photo via AP)


Rachel Mitchell at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Sept. 27, 2018. (Photo: Melina Mara/Pool via Reuters)


Christine Blasey Ford gives testimony before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images)


Protesters gather inside the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP)


Christine Blasey Ford arrives to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Sept. 27, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/Pool via Reuters)


Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) (C) and committee members Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) (L) and Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) prepare for the arrival of Christine Blasey Ford in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)


Supporters of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh gather inside the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP)


Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), left, and Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE), right, before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Sept. 27, 2018. (Photo: Melina Mara/Pool via Reuters)


Protesters opposed to the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh gather in the Hart Senate Office Building in support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford before she testifies in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images)