Brett Kavanaugh and one of the women accusing him of sexual assault are testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
The accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a California-based psychology professor who attended high school in Maryland at the same time as Kavanaugh, delivered her opening remarks at 10 a.m.
Each committee member was given five minutes to question Ford over her allegations. Ford was then led out of the room and Kavanaugh will undergo the same procedure Thursday afternoon.
The beleaguered Supreme Court nominee, tapped by President Trump to succeed outgoing Justice Anthony Kennedy, has vehemently denied Ford’s allegations that he forced her into a room at a drunken high school party in the early 1980s, pinned her against a bed and groped her.
Ford, 51, says she feared for her life as Kavanaugh, 53, pressed his hand against her mouth to keep her from screaming. She alleges she was only able to escape once Kavanaugh’s pal, Mark Judge, jumped on top of them, sending them tumbling to the floor.
Since Ford went public with her claims last week, four other women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault and misconduct — two of whom have not been identified.
The shocking allegations have jeopardized a nomination that Republicans are hoping will cement a conservative legacy on the highest court of the land for decades to come.