2. SOUNDBITE (English) Casey Mooney, Classmate and Supporter of Christine Blasey Ford:
"I'm here speaking on behalf of the people who have prepared a letter in support of Dr. Blasey Ford. We, the women and men who have signed this letter of support, grew up in the same world as both Dr. Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh. We attended the same elite prep schools, country clubs or churches. Each one of us heard our story and not one of us was surprised. These are the story of our lives and our friends' lives. We know the terrible impact of sexual assault, coercive behavior and harassment that pervaded the culture of our youth and continues today. And we understand that victims of sexual assault often do not report their attackers because of the fear of being disbelieved, shamed and ostracized. Dr. Blasey Ford's allegations are serious and credible. We stand with her. We are humbled by her bravery. We will not allow her to be silenced."
3. Wide shot of Mooney walking away from podium, Duckworth takes microphone
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois:
"We simply cannot afford to make a mistake when we confirm someone to the United States Supreme Court. I would not be doing my job providing the due diligence that I'm supposed to be doing if I were not investigating all aspects of this situation and unfortunately, Leader McConnell has set it up so that I will not be able to do my job. And that I will not be able to deliberately have deliberate consideration of what is going on now and is simply shameful. And ultimately to have the president of the United States, himself an admitted aggressor of sexual assault, to come out and try to bully someone who has said that she is a victim into silence is not acceptable. It's certainly not the America that I know and love. We can do better."
5. Cutaway of Blasey Ford supporters
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois:
"I've been honored to serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee for more than 20 years. This is my eighth Supreme Court nomination. Tomorrow will be a defining moment for the Judiciary Committee and for America. This is not a trial where we're talking about guilt or innocence. It is a constitutional responsibility for the Senate to advise and consent for a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land. We are also going to determine whether this United States Senate is ready to take seriously a woman who has put everything on the line to come forward with a credible serious allegation of sexual assault. What did Dr. Ford have to gain by doing this? What she has subjected herself and her family to something no one would want to go through. Not one person, not one among us. They've been hounded out of their home. There have been death threats. She's been ridiculed by the president of the United States. That's what she gets for stepping up and telling us about this life changing experience which happened so many years ago. She had every reason to stay silent but she did not. She has shown that she has nothing to hide because she alone has called for a nonpartisan FBI investigation. Judge Cavalo denies any of this is true then why won't he step up and invite that same investigation? Why is he afraid of the witnesses and evidence that might come forward?"
7. Scroll down of affidavit of Russell Ford, the husband of Christine Blasey Ford
8. Various of affidavit of Adela Gildo Mazzon, a friend of Christine Blasey Ford
Two Democratic Senators on Wednesday held a news conference to accept and reveal a letter signed by over 1,400 men and women who attended school in the greater Washington, DC area to show support and solidarity with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
The signatories include former students of Blasey Ford's and Brett Kavanaugh's high school alma maters.
One of those signatories, Casey Mooney, went to Connelly School of the Holy Child, another elite Washington, DC area private school.
She said when she heard Blasey Ford's story, she was not surprised. "These are the stories of our lives and our friends' lives. We know the terrible impact of sexual assault, coercive behavior and harassment that pervaded the culture of our youth and continues today," she said at the news conference.
Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth said the country "cannot afford to make a mistake" when confirming someone to a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court.
And she said it is completely unacceptable for the president of the United States "to come out and try to bully someone who has said that she is a victim."
Meanwhile, lawyers for Ford submitted sworn affidavits to the Senate Judiciary Committee from four people who say Ford told them Kavanaugh had assaulted her in high school ell before President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh to the high court in July.
They come from Ford's husband and three family friends, who say Ford mentioned the incident in 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2017.
Two affidavits, from Ford's husband Russell Ford and from the coach of their son's baseball team, say Ford named Kavanaugh as the alleged assailant. In the other two, Ford did not name Kavanaugh but said she was assaulted by a federal judge.