Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford testify on sex assault allegations

10:14 a.m. ET, September 27, 2018

Kavanaugh will watch Ford's testimony from Mike Pence's office

When he does arrive on Capitol Hill, Judge Brett Kavanaugh is planning to watch at least the first portion of Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony from Vice President Mike Pence’s ceremonial office in the Senate side of the Capitol, a source familiar with the plan says.

As Ford’s legal team requested, and Judiciary Committee Republicans agreed to, he will never be in the same room as Ford. He will make his way to the committee room after she departs. 

10:06 a.m. ET, September 27, 2018

Ford arrives at Senate hearing. This is the first time we've seen her since the allegation.

Christine Blasey Ford has arrived at the hearing table.

She'll testify before Brett Kavanaugh.

10:04 a.m. ET, September 27, 2018

Democrats are coordinating their questions, but not consolidating their time

Senate Democrats are not expected to consolidate their time -– meaning no one is giving up their allotted time to ask questions in order to give longer time to one or two.

But they ARE coordinating their questioning, CNN has learned.

11:42 a.m. ET, September 27, 2018

Susan Collins will watch the hearings — but not from her main office

An aide to Sen. Susan Collins tells CNN she will be watching the hearings but not from her office in the Dirksen building.

They anticipate protestors and people from the overflow viewing room just down the hall to make their way to her office later today.

A spokesperson said the senator will watch from her office in the Capitol building.

Clarification: This post has been updated to clarify where Collins is watching the hearing.

9:58 a.m. ET, September 27, 2018

Ford's friend: "She's ready, and she's determined"

Christine Blasey Ford’s friend, Samantha Guerry, is here.

“She’s ready, and she’s determined,” Guerry told CNN. 
9:57 a.m. ET, September 27, 2018

Rachel Mitchell is in the room

The prosecutor selected to serve as outside counsel for the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's hearing is officially in the room.

Rachel Mitchell has been a prosecutor for more than 25 years in Arizona involved in crimes similar to the sexual assault allegation levied by Christine Blasey Ford against Kavanaugh, who has denied the claim.

Mitchell currently serves as the Deputy County Attorney in the Maricopa County Attorney's Office in Phoenix and is also is the division chief of the Special Victims Division, which handles cases of domestic violence, sex crimes, and auto theft. She has taken a leave of absence to come to Washington.

For over a decade, Mitchell, who was admitted to the Arizona state bar in 1992, ran the sex crimes bureau of that division, directing the prosecution of crimes including adult sexual assault.

On Thursday, however, she'll be handling a case unlike any she's ever prosecuted.

9:56 a.m. ET, September 27, 2018

Trump's message to Kavanaugh: Be forceful in your denials

President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have both phoned Judge Kavanaugh to voice their support for him ahead of today's hearing.

Trump had a message for Kavanaugh when they spoke, per someone familiar with the call: Be aggressive and forceful in your denials. Don't be afraid to push back on these allegations, Trump said. 

Will the belligerent style Trump has employed to refute similar allegations work for Kavanaugh today? Stay tuned.