Kavanaugh's accuser has four people to back up her claims

Kavanaugh denied Ford's allegation that he'd trapped her on a bed in a locked room during a gathering of friends when they were teenagers, saying, "I have never done this to her or to anyone".

Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual assault by three women, but only Blasey Ford will be testifying on Thursday.

Ford's statement said she didn't know Kavanaugh well and that she recalls the house party as "almost surely a spur of the moment gathering".

"It wasn't that I wanted to come out one day before the hearings", she said.

Beth Wilkinson, who is Kavanaugh's attorney, is interested in seeing the therapy sessions notes, which she says are important to corroborate claims made by Ford. Each of them found that she was speaking truthfully. Although she did not explicitly mention Kavanaugh or Judge were offenders, she said they were present at the time of the incident. A vote in the full Senate could happen as early as next Tuesday, senior Senate Republicans have said.

"I want to watch, I want to see, "Mr Trump said at a news conference in NY on Wednesday, adding that he was "open to changing my mind".

Senators will hear both sides today, keenly aware of the impact it could have on voters, particularly women, against a backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault.

When asked whether he might be persuaded to withdraw Kavanaugh's nomination, Trump said: "If I thought he was guilty of something like this. yeah, sure".

The previously unknown interviews could add a new layer to the evolving saga on the eve of a possible explosive hearing between Kavanaugh and Ford, though it's unknown whether the men's claims are being taken seriously. "At that point I felt like enough was enough", Ford said.

Kavanaugh has repeatedly and vehemently denied the allegations. The committee's all-male Republican roster will bring in Rachel Mitchell, a sex crime prosecutor from Arizona, to question Ford for them.

The 11 Republican and 10 Democratic members of the panel will have five minutes each to question Ford and Kavanaugh in alternating turns.

Judge Kavanaugh responded, "Senator, I'll do whatever the committee wants".

  • Joey Payne