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It's almost always ugly history. It is almost always the investigation of scandalous accusations that have rocked Washington and the country. And so it was today every Senator goes to Washington hoping to make history, bypassing landmark legislation, preferably with their name on it legislation that continues to shape American life long after they are gone. But sometimes senators are forced to make history in ways. That some of them would like to avoid as appeared to be the case today with the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary committee, when they handed over their role as questioners for more than half of the hearing to someone who never worked in the Senate before today, Arizona's Maricopa County. Sex crimes prosecutor, Rachel Mitchell took over for every single Republican Senator when their turn came to question, Dr. Christine blassie Ford about her accusation of sexual assault against supreme court nominee Brett Cavanaugh there that has never happened in a Senate confirmation hearing in the history of the Senate. The Senate has never seen a hearing like the Ford versus Cavanaugh hearing that we saw today. It was the second time inside history. This court confirmation has been knocked off course by sexual misconduct allegations. But today's allegations are much worse than what we heard twenty seven years ago when professor Anita hill told the judiciary committee about sexual harassment. She said, Clarence Thomas committed against her. Clarence Thomas entered those hearings with the likely support of about ninety senators in the end. He was confirmed by a vote of fifty two to forty eight Brett Kavanagh entered today's hearing with the likely support of only about fifty one senators. And it seemed right after Dr Ford testified today that the cabinet nomination might be a lost cause. There were reports of grim pessimism from the White House, but then Brett cavenaugh began his testimony with a mix of sharp loud. Anger and tears and Republican senators started to feel safe enough in that hearing room to actually ask their own questions. Most of which were speeches in support of Brett cavenaugh twenty two witnesses testified in the Anita hill versus Clarence Thomas hearings senators agreed then that gathering evidence beyond the testimony of the nominee and one of his accusers was necessary not today. Republicans who control the committee did not seek. And would not allow the testimony of anyone other than Dr Ford and judge Cavanaugh. And so it was from start to finish a credibility contest between two people. Some Democrats told Dr Ford, I believe you and most Republicans essentially said the same thing to Judge Kevin. It takes eleven votes to pass judge Kavanagh's nomination out of the judiciary committee that vote is currently scheduled for tomorrow morning. There is only one Republican on the judiciary committee who has indicated in any way that he might not vote for bread. Cavenaugh only one vote is in doubt in the committee that is ours Ona's retiring Republican Senator Jeff flake Jewish area committee has eleven Republicans, ten Democrats. And so tonight the committee vote on Brett cavenaugh is all up to Jeff flake. If Jeff flake votes no along with all of the Democrats than the cabinet nomination will be defeated in the judiciary committee. But that does not mean the end of the road. For Brett cavenaugh majority leader, Mitch McConnell could still bring the nomination to the Senate floor for a full vote. Even if the judiciary committee has voted against recommending that confirmation, we will be reviewing the testimony of Dr Ford and judge Cavanaugh throughout this hour here is some of what they had to say. And Merck came into the bedroom and locked the door behind them. There was music playing in the bedroom. It was turned up louder by either or Mark once we were in the room, I was pushed onto the bed and Bret God on top of me, he began running his hands over my body and grinding into me. I yelled hoping that someone downstairs might hear me and I tried to get away from him, but his weight was heavy. Groped me and tried to take off my clothes. He had a hard time because he was very naive reated and because I was wearing a one piece bathing suit underneath my clothing. I believe he was going to rape me. I was not at the party described by Dr Ford. This confirmation processes become a national disgrace. The constitution gives the Senate an important role in the confirmation process, but you have replaced advice and consent with search and destroy. I'm here today to tell the truth. I've never sexually assaulted anyone not in high school, not in college, not ever. Sexual assault is horrific..