But after more allegations have emerged, some GOP senators have allowed that much is riding on Kavanaugh's performance. "They have been seared into my memory and have haunted me episodically as an adult", she says in her eight-page opening testimony obtained Wednesday by U.S. media.
The woman who was allegedly shoved has remained anonymous and is reportedly still traumatized by the incident.
The results were sent to counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee by Ford's attorneys in advance of Thursday's hearing, when both Kavanaugh and Ford will testify about the allegations.
In a story published by The Washington Post on September 16, Ford said there were four boys at the party but only two - Kavanaugh and his friend Mike Judge - in the room at the time of the alleged assault.
In recent days, the president has grown increasingly frustrated with the handling of the claims against Kavanaugh, said a person familiar with his views who was not authorized to discuss private conversations publicly.
But the current appeals court judge declared in a statement: "This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone. "(But) every now and then, people get accused of things they didn't do that are exaggerated ... when a woman says something, she needs to be heard.
In a rambling 82-minute news conference in New York City on Wednesday, President Trump defended his beleaguered Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but left open the possibility of withdrawing the nomination, depending on Christine Blasey Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Senate Judiciary Committee chair Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has scheduled a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination for Friday.
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She did not specifically claim Kavanaugh took part or that he was aware of her rape but said that he and other boys in his circle engaged in similar behaviour.
He is wading into a highly emotional debate in the thick of the #metoo movement, where defending Kavanaugh's integrity also means casting aspersions on three women who insist they were either victims of, or witness to, Kavanaugh engaging in acts of sexual violence more than three decades ago. Lavrentiy Beria, the unwaveringly loyal chief of Stalin's secret police for 13 years, once said: "Show me the man and I'll show you the crime".
"This was what terrified me the most and has had the most lasting impact on my life", she said.
"If I thought he was guilty of something like this, yes, sure", Trump said at a press conference on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in NY.
Trump said he "could be persuaded" by Ford's testimony.
The most shocking statement in Ford's testimony is about her feeling like Kavanaugh was going to kill her. The memory - and Kavanaugh's laughter during the act - was "locked" in her brain, she said: "100 percent". It's also part of his defense against Ford's accusation that he attended the party at which she says the assault happened.
"I look forward to hearing from her".