Christine Blasey Ford is patted on the head by Keith Kogner as she finishes testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)
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In a day like few others in Senate history, California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford quietly recounted her "100 percent" certainty Thursday that President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court had sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers -- and then Brett Kavanaugh defiantly testified he was "100 percent certain" he did no such thing.That left senators to decide whether the long day of testimony tipped their confirmation votes for or against Trump's nominee in a deeply partisan fight with the future of the high court and possibly control of Congress in the balance.The American Bar Association urged the Judiciary committee and the full Senate to slow down on the vote until the FBI has time to do a full background check on the claims made by Ford and other women.Mitchell's attempt to draw out a counter-narrative -- mainly that Ford was coordinating with Democrats -- was disrupted by the panel's decision to allow alternating five-minute rounds of questions from Democratic senators.Republicans who had been scheduled to vote as soon as Friday at the committee -- and early next week in the full Senate -- alternated between their own anger and frustration at the allegations and the process.
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