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“When this allegation first arose, I welcomed any kind of investigation. Senate, FBI or otherwise. The committee has now conducted a thorough investigation, and I cooperated fully. I know that any investigation … will clear me,” Kavanaugh said in his opening remarks.

Kavanaugh did not publicly welcome an investigation in two public statements denying the allegations and an in-depth interview with Fox News. It is unclear if he did so privately.

Asked by Fox News if he believed there should be an FBI investigation into the charges, Kavanaugh said that he wanted to defend himself.

“I’ve said all along and Ashley, too, I want to be heard," he said, referring to his wife. "I want an opportunity — a fair process. America’s about fairness, I want a fair process where I can defend my integrity and clear my name as quickly as I can in whatever forum the Senate deems appropriate.”

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Good night. Thanks for sticking with us.

There were tears, shouting, partisan finger-pointing and a few moments of levity during the tense, all-day hearing that had the nation riveted. If you missed anything, scroll back through our live blog for key moments.

An angry, emotional Kavanaugh accused  Democrats of 'search and destroy' tactics to destroy his nomination, and in the process, his life. And Ford, her voice breaking, described how "terrified" she was to come before the Senate Judiciary Committee and testify to her allegation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers and speak of the lasting trauma she experienced from that moment on. 

The Senate Judiciary Committee is currently scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination Friday morning.

Analysis: Ford, Kavanaugh, and the difference in tone

One of the most striking aspects of the daylong hearing was the night and day contrast in the demeanor of the two witnesses.

Ford was calm, direct and willing to distinguish between what she could remember and what she couldn’t.

Kavanaugh was combative out of the gate, snippy at times — like when he asked Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar about her drinking habits before later apologizing — and unwilling to cede an inch on any topic. He was also evasive on certain questions, like whether he would ask for an FBI investigation, while Ford didn’t dodge questions.

There were no tense exchanges between Ford and senators because Republicans ceded all their time to a professional prosecutor hired to question her on their behalf. Kavanaugh, on the other hand, frequently sought to engage in verbal fights with his Democratic questioners, whom he accused of being part of a coordinated conspiracy against him.

Mitchell declines to answer questions about the hearing

NBC News just walked down the Dirksen hallway with the prosecutor Rachel Mitchell and an aide and tried to ask her several questions about today’s testimony — did she find Ford credible, if she was allowed to speak to reporters, if she was disappointed she didn't get to ask Kavanaugh more questions.

She didn’t respond to any of them.

Trump tweets. He liked Kavanaugh's combative performance.

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Hearing adjourned

It’s over, 8 hours and 45 minutes after it began.

Watch key moments from the Ford-Kavanaugh hearing

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Kavanaugh: I didn't watch Ford testimony

Kavanaugh said in response to a question from Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., that he didn't watch the earlier testimony of his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.

"I planned to but I was preparing mine," he said, speaking about his opening statement, which was rewritten after he had publicly released his prepared testimony on Thursday.

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Booker to Kavanaugh: Do you wish Ford never came forward?

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., pressed Kavanaugh on whether he believes Ford is a political operative and asked him if he wished his accuser never came forward. 

"The witnesses who were there said it never happened," Kavanaugh said about Ford's allegations. Kavanaugh testified earlier that he never attended a party like the one Ford described.

Booker then asked if he thinks Ford is part of a political ploy to sink his nomination. Kavanaugh then lamented how the Democrats handled Ford's allegations. He said he and his family have "no ill will toward her."