As the Senate Judiciary Committee hears testimony from Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh about allegations of sexual assault, AP journalists around the country are talking to Americans about politics, gender, culture and the Supreme Court.
Republic strategist Jennifer Jacobs, watching the hearing from her home in San Diego, said she found herself struck by what she deemed Ford's sincerity.
Ford said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 when both were high school students in Maryland.
NBC News reports: "The hearing will begin with opening statements from the leaders of the committee, which won't have an imposed time limit".
In his opening statement, Grassley said that both Ford and Kavanaugh have "been through a bad couple of weeks" as "they and their families have received vile threats". Describing the alleged assault, Ford also said she anxious that Kavanaugh might "accidentally" kill her. There may be several breaks.
The letter sent to Gardner accused Kavanaugh of violent behavior while under the influence of alcohol during his time working for the investigation led by Starr into then-President Bill Clinton. Prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, who was detained by Republicans on the committee to question Ford, would later tell Ford that she was "struck" by the fact that Ford appeared "terrified".
In his opening statement, he called the allegations against him, including from two other women who've gone public, "crazy stuff" and "all nonsense".
"I would never do to them what you've done to this guy", Graham yelled, pointing at Durbin.
She added: "I was just focused on what I was going to say and my fear about that".
She gave details of how information surrounding the incident, including her name and that of Kavanaugh, became public, saying that she "struggled with a awful choice" when trying to decide whether to release her account of events when the press reported Kavanaugh's confirmation was virtually certain.
At that point, Grassley interjected to say, "I was going to introduce her".
Christine Blasey Ford testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018.
Some on Twitter made fun of the notion that who paid for the polygraph was a big deal, while others said that polygraph testing was not a reliable way of determining the truth.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley interrupted Sen.
Avenatti tweeted four pages of a declaration from Julie Swetnick of Washington, D.C., who said she holds four active clearances with the federal government, and who asked for privacy and no followup media interviews. Patrick Leahy, who asked for her strongest memory of the incident.
"If you expect me to believe that Brett Kavanaugh was a serial rapist when he was sophomore, junior in high school, and he stopped and never did it again, you expect me to believe that any reasonable person would go to 10 parties where people were drugged and raped and not tell anybody it, I don't believe it". He decried the "media circus" around the allegations and said the nominee and Ms Ford had been through a bad couple of weeks since Ford leveled her accusation.