Published 8:12 PM EDT Sep 27, 2018
On Thursday, a soft-spoken Christine Blasey Ford and a defiant Brett Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about Ford's claim that the Supreme Court nominee sexually assaulted her some 35 years ago.
She's 100 percent certain. He vehemently denies her claims. The committee is scheduled to make their decision Friday.
Welcome to The Short List. We're reporter Josh Hafner and editor Mabinty Quarshie, back to bring the biggest news from USA TODAY.
But first, a quick note: Today's hearing may trigger some survivors of sexual assault. A few tips on handling all the news: Take a break, go for a walk, or spend time with a pet. Reach out to support systems. You can mute sexual assault on Twitter, too. Your self-care matters.
Ford testified first on Thursday. Then Kavanaugh. All our coverage on both testimonies is below in that order, sorted by what each said, how senators and others responded and the many eyebrow-raising moments that occurred.
Start here for our top moments from both testimonies, then dive into the below.
What Ford said
Ford recalled Kavanaugh 'drunkenly laughing' in her opening statement
She's '100 percent' sure Kavanaugh assaulted her
Ford, a psychology professor, expertly detailed her own trauma with terms like 'sequelae'
She described how death threats forced her out of home
The alleged assault made her afraid of tight spaces, such as airplanes
Here's Ford's view as she testified, and an encouraging note left at her seat
Find more key moments from Ford's testimony
What they said
Democrats praised Ford's testimony, while Republicans stayed mostly quiet
A sex crimes prosecutor who questioned Ford criticized the 'five-minute' format of the hearing
'Unacceptable': Senators took plenty of partisan shots
Two men claimed they, not Kavanaugh, assaulted Ford, which Democrats called a GOP effort to 'muddy the waters'
Celebrities weighed in. Alyssa Milano attended, and voiced support for Ford
Ford tested the Supreme Court and offered a new kind of day to remember
Students showed support, while 1,600 men wrote in a New York Times ad: We believe her
What raised eyebrows
Sen. Chuck Grassley, the committee chair, kept interrupting women
Orin Hatch called Ford 'attractive.' He's also senator on the committee
Cory Booker, another senator, booked it to get Ford coffee
What Kavanaugh said
He opened angry: 'These are last–minute smears,' Kavanaugh said, alleging a 'political hit' from Democrats
Then he went off-script, fighting back tears as he mentioned family
'You will not drive me out,' and more key moments from Kavanaugh's testimony
What they said
Trump liked Kavanaugh's aggressive tone
The state of Delaware kept coming up, tied to both Kavanaugh and Ford
Nearly 60 Kavanaugh protestors were arrested near the Supreme Court
Those protesters were answered by Christian college students backing Kavanaugh
Men protested online with #AssaultFreeSCOTUS posts
What raised eyebrows
Sen. Lindsey Graham yelled furiously at Democrats
Kavanaugh dodged continual questions about a potential FBI investigation into the claims
The committee was slated to vote on Kavanaugh Friday, and the Senate could confirm him as soon as Tuesday
Trump has urged the Senate to confirm him, but GOP senators like Jeff Flake may not
The showdown may all hinge on whom you believe
The court's ideological future teeters on these testimonies
One last thing
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