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The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday set a vote for 1:30 p.m. (1730 GMT) on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, one day after a contentious hearing on sexual assault allegations against him.

Democrats had demanded that before any committee action senators should hear from a man Ms. Blasey Ford says was in the room for the assault.

The senator was weighing his vote after testimony Thursday from California psychologist Christine Blasey Ford, who said Kavanaugh groped her and tried to take off her clothes when they were teens.

Kavanaugh himself has explicitly said he is not questioning whether Ford had been attacked "by someone, at some point".

Wallace added: "She obviously was traumatized by an event".

During his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, Kavanaugh touted his "unanimous, well-qualified rating" from the ABA.

Kavanaugh testified immediately after Ford on Thursday, forcefully denying the allegations and saying they have "destroyed my family and my good name".

The process will then be repeated with Kavanaugh, but after he makes his opening statements he's fair game to the full panel of senators - both Dems and Republicans.

"I will vote no on Judge Kavanaugh", Nelson tweeted. "I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh".

RAINN, a group that provides a support hot line for victims of sexual assault and crimes, said it saw a 147 percent increase above the normal volume of people reaching out for help.

Like other Republicans, Flake did not speak or ask questions during Ford's testimony, instead ceding his time to outside prosecutor Rachel Mitchell.

In another statement, Patrick J. Smyth, identified by Ford as being among those downstairs at the party, says "I have no knowledge of the party in question; nor do I have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct she has leveled against Brett Kavanaugh'".

Murkowski, one of the three moderate Republican senators who have not announced whether or not they will support Kavanaugh, told Reuters: "I find Dr. Ford's testimony to be credible".

That may be true, but Kavanaugh bowing out of the Supreme Court running is "the best of the bad resolutions", the editors conclude. She first used science to describe how she was certain that Kavanaugh was the boy who sexually assaulted her.

Kavanaugh on Wednesday once again rejected the allegations as "last minute smears" that were "false and uncorroborated".

Trump reportedly advised Kavanaugh to jettison the school choirboy persona he'd taken on during his pre-buttal on Fox News Channel, and go after his accusers more aggressively.