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  • Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh
    will face a Senate
    grilling
     after Christine Blasey Ford, who accuses
    Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school, testifies
    at a live hearing on Thursday.
  • Even Trump isn’t confident on how the hearing will play
    out, and with the waters muddying on all sides, the Senate will
    vote on confirming Kavanaugh just one day later.
  • Both sides have surfaced a number of allegations to
    discredit the other side’s claims, as a very ugly and public
    saga that’s dragged on for weeks comes to a head.
  • The hearing starts at 10 a.m. EDT. Here’s how to watch
    it. 

President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh
will face a Senate
grilling
 after Christine Blasey Ford, who accuses
Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school, testifies at
a live hearing on Thursday.

The hearing serves as a culmination of a wild, ugly, and very
public trial in the court of public opinion that has even Trump
unsure of who did what.

Ford is one of a growing number of accusers who have requested
FBI investigations into their claims against Kavanaugh.
Regardless, the Senate still plans to vote on confirming
Kavanaugh just one day after the
hearing.

Going into this hearing, where only one accuser will be heard,
Democrats have a roster of accusers willing to risk perjury.

Meanwhile, Republicans have a greater number of senators and time
on their side. The only thing clear is that anything can happen.

Trump, at a wild press conference on
Wednesday
, vacillated between casting doubt on Ford’s
accusations, testifying to Kavanaugh’s sterling reputation and
intellect, blasting Democrats as con artists, and finally saying
he could be convinced Ford was telling the truth during the
hearing.


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President
Donald Trump shakes hands with Brett Kavanaugh in the White House
in July 2018.

Alex
Brandon/AP


While additional accusers have piled on to
Kavanaugh, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley released
documents on Wednesday that indicate the Senate
Judiciary Committee interviewed not one, but two men who
reportedly took responsibility Ford’s alleged 1982 sexual
assault.

Last week, legal scholar Ed Whelan posited that a Kavanaugh
look-alike could have assaulted Ford
, though he later
apologized for making the claim. 

Democrats criticized lawyer and activist Michael Avenatti’s
handling of additional Kavanaugh accusers as being a publicity
stunt, but have now begun an earnest investigation into their
claims. 

Kavanaugh himself wrote the Senate Judiciary Committee a
letter pleading his innocence and dismissing the charges against
him.

In an interview with Fox News, Kavanaugh, with his wife by
his side, detailed his sexual history and claimed to have not had sex, or
anything close to it, until years after college


Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his wife Ashley Kavanaugh are interviewed on Fox News.
Judge
Brett Kavanaugh and his wife Ashley on Fox
News.

Screenshot/Fox
News


But despite the unrelenting firestorm in the media that’s
brought forward grueling accounts from sexual assault survivors,
Republicans in public and private remain confident that they can
still confirm Kavanaugh.

However, with just months until the 2018 midterm elections
— which appear increasingly make-or-break for Democrats trying to
reverse the trend of Trump dominating politics — the Kavanaugh
hearings have become even bigger than a simple confirmation
vote. 

Polling shows public support for Kavanaugh, and Trump,
have plummeted
over the last several weeks. Ford, Kavanaugh,
and others connected to the vote have received death threats and
had to take security measures as the hearing becomes vitriolic on
all sides.

The hearing starts at 10 a.m. EST. Here’s how to watch it.

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