Brett Kavanaugh Senate Judiciary Hearing Comes to Excruciating End

9/27/2018 3:55 PM PDT

Brett Kavanaugh & Dr. Christine Ford Senate Hearing Ends After 8 Hours

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3:48 PM PT -- The hearing has come to an end after more than 8 excruciating hours. The committee is slated to move forward with Friday's vote on Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.

12:40 PM PT -- Kavanaugh delivered a passionate, tearful denial, saying the Democrats have tried to assassinate his character and destroy his family.

Brett Kavanaugh's fate may well be determined in the next 8 hours, after the showdown in the Senate Judiciary Committee between the Supreme Court nominee and his accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

The hearing kicked off at 10 AM ET and Ford was first up. She had the floor to make her case before fielding a series of questions. The Republican senators turned over questioning on their part to Rachel Mitchell, an Arizona sex crimes prosecutor who has been viewed as a victim's advocate in such cases.

The process is about to now 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. Mitchell will join in and ask questions of Kavanaugh as well. 

Dr. Ford opened with an emotional, tearful recount of the alleged sexual attack by Kavanaugh.

There will be no other witnesses ... notably 2 other accusers -- Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick -- will not be permitted to testify.

The hearing will last for hours and the Committee has 3 options -- voting to recommend confirmation of Kavanaugh and then sending the matter to the full Senate for a vote, voting to reject Kavanaugh and sending it to the full Senate, or not voting at all and sending the matter to the full Senate.

Kavanaugh needs a majority vote on the floor of the Senate. The Republicans have a 51-49 edge. If the vote is a tie, Vice President Pence will become the tie-breaker. 

Originally Published -- 6:31 AM PT