Ahead of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's testimony on Thursday, where she gave a detailed account of the alleged sexual assault she endured at the hands of Brett Kavanaugh when they were both teenagers, Anita Hill was the name on the tip of everyone's tongue. Referring to the Constitution's charge to senators in confirming high officials, he said, "You have replaced "advice and consent" with 'search and destroy". His wife, Ashley, sat behind him stone-faced. He said that a 35-year-old allegation should not become the new standard for withholding a nomination and that Democrats strategically dropped the accusation right before the hearing.
"If you stand with survivors, the path forward is clear: Brett Kavanaugh should be impeached ― not promoted", said Heidi Hess, co-director of the group Credo Action, according to HuffPost.
She said that she made her initial contact upon learning that Kavanaugh was on the shortlist of possible picks but before he was nominated, and that she had meant to remain anonymous.
Kavanaugh is now a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
The Republican-controlled Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold a vote on Friday in the U.S. on whether Kavanaugh's nomination should proceed to a full Senate vote.
Trump was accused of sexual assault by multiple women during the 2016 election campaign, yet went on to win.
Christine Blasey Ford remembers "uproarious laughter" of alleged attackers
Ramirez, the second accuser, accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her at a party when they were first-year students at Yale. She said in her statement that there are two witnesses who can attest to her account, but she has not identified them publicly.
Testifying first on Thursday, Ford said Kavanaugh locked her in a bedroom during a social gathering and pinned her to the bed. ABC News reports the author might be Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).
When Feinstein complained that the Federal Bureau of Investigation wasn't interviewing witnesses and providing the committee with facts, Kavanaugh interjected: "You're interviewing me".
The allegations resonate deeply in Maryland, where Kavanaugh and Ford attended separate private prep schools.
Even Mr Trump, who fiercely defends his nominee, said he would be watching and was "open to changing my mind".
She criticized the decision to set a hearing for the Kavanaugh allegations without a thorough, neutral investigation and input from experts who can include context about things like delayed reporting of sexual assault, she said. He said during his own testimony that he had not listened to Ford's. Mitchell has been registered as a Republican all of her adult life, Phoenix television station KPNX reported.
A second woman, Deborah Ramirez of Colorado, claims Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a drunken party when they were freshmen at Yale University. GOP prosecutor Rachel Mitchell pressed Ford on just who paid for the polygraph exam, to which her lawyers, who are reprsenting Ford pro-bono, said that they had footed the bill. "I don't know who this is and this never happened", Kavanaugh said. John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, said the proceedings reminded him of the McCarthy hearings into Communist sympathisers.