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The Senate Judiciary Committee will hear testimonies Thursday from U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford regarding her allegation that he assaulted her while they were high school.   

The hearing starts at 10 a.m.

Ford, a California psychology professor, alleges Kavanaugh drunkenly assaulted her 36 years ago when they were high school students in Maryland. She has been unable to identify a specific day or location for the alleged assault other than it was a party at an unidentified house during summer 1982.

Her allegation raised a political storm in this #MeToo era and allegations from two other women have since emerged without any known corroboration. Kavanaugh has denied all the accusations, saying it was a smear ahead of a scheduled Friday Senate committee vote on his nomination. 

Ford is expected to testify first and will be followed by Kavanaugh.

All of the Republicans on the Judiciary Committee are men, which has raised concerns about how they might question Ford. So Senate Republicans have decided to bring in Rachel Mitchell, a deputy Maricopa County attorney from Arizona who specializes in sex-related felonies, to question Ford and Kavanaugh at the hearing. 

In Ford's testimony released Wednesday, she says Kavanaugh tried to rape her at a party and that she was "terrified" to go public with her story, but said it's her "civic duty" to tell senators what happened. 

Read:Ford's full testimony 

Kavanaugh proclaimed his innocence in his prepared testimony before the hearing and said of the three allegations, "Such grotesque and obvious character assassination — if allowed to succeed — will dissuade competent and good people of all political persuasions from serving our country."

Read: Kavanaugh's full testimony

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Return to detroitnews.com at 10 a.m. to watch through live stream. 

National outlets will live stream or carry live coverage of the hearing including ABC, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, Fox News, NBCMSNBC and Vice News.

C-SPAN Radio will also broadcast the hearing. 

srahal@detroitnews.com

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