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Protesters gather in front of the Supreme Court building holding signs with the image of Judge Brett Kavanaugh that read "Kava Nope" and "We Believe Christine Blasey Ford" on Capitol Hill in Washington, on September 24, 2018.

But politics continued to drive the debate Wednesday, as Democrats repeated demands that the nomination be delayed for a fuller investigation, and President Donald Trump accused Democrats of playing "a frightful con game".

"But first, Ford will step forward to tell her story - exposing herself to the world, instantly becoming an icon of the social revolution unleashed by the #MeToo moment and putting her own reputation and her family's safety at risk". "I spoke to somebody 38 years ago, and it may not be good", he said, adding: "The people that have complained to me about it the most about what's happening is women".

Until July 2018, Ford said, she had never named Kavanaugh as her attacker outside of therapy. Her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, provided the declaration to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

According to his prepared testimony, Kavanaugh plans to tell senators that he "said and did things in high school that make me cringe now" - but that he "never did anything remotely resembling what Dr. Ford describes".

Asked to address the nation's young men, Trump said: "It's a very risky period in our country, and it's being perpetrated by some very evil people".

She said Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth to stop her from screaming, adding, "This was what terrified me the most, and has had the most lasting impact on my life". On Twitter, Trump himself described Democrats' efforts to scupper Kavanaugh's nomination as a "con job" created to ruin a good man. Trump also blasted Avenatti personally on Twitter, calling him a "third rate lawyer" who makes "false accusations" and is "looking for attention".

Rambling and often incoherent, President Trump made his United Nations press conference mainly about himself and not about defending his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

"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.

Christine Blasey Ford testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

Republican Judiciary committee staffers on Wednesday were trying to interview another woman, Julie Swetnick.

Dr Ford claims Mr Kavanaugh tried to force himself on her at a party in the 1980s.

"This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone", said the 53-year-old judge, in a statement issued by the White House.

Kavanaugh has denied all of those allegations.

"When I got to the small gathering, people were drinking beer in a small living room on the first floor of the house".

Republican leaders indicated they were still determined to have the committee vote on recommending Mr Kavanaugh on Friday - after a dramatic hearing on Thursday at which both Mr Kavanaugh and Ms Ford, are to give evidence. Judge has previously said he has no recollection of the incident described by Ford.

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