Collins wants accuser's lawyer to question Kavanaugh

Collins wants accuser's lawyer to question Kavanaugh
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Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsCorker mocks White House as 'public relations firm' for Saudi crown prince McConnell, Flake clash over protecting Mueller probe Overnight Defense — Presented by Raytheon — Border deployment 'peaked' at 5,800 troops | Trump sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi killing | Senators offer bill to press Trump on Saudis | Paul effort to block Bahrain arms sale fails MORE (R-Maine), a crucial swing vote in Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation, announced Tuesday she wants the attorney for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, to question the judge.

In a tweet, Collins said she would ask Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOvernight Health Care: Drug industry nervous about Grassley | CDC warns public not to eat romaine lettuce | Sanders unveils new drug pricing bill The Hill's Morning Report — Are Pelosi’s Democratic detractors going too far? Divisions in GOP may leave Trump priority in Senate limbo MORE (R-Iowa) and Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinDems slam Trump for siding with Saudi Arabia in Khashoggi killing Trump signals Saudis won't face severe punishment for Khashoggi killing Trump set to have close ally Graham in powerful chairmanship MORE (D-Calif.), the panel's ranking member, to allow the questioning. She also said Kavanaugh’s attorney should question Ford.

“I'm writing to the Chairman & RM of Judiciary Cmte respectfully recommending that at Monday’s hearing, counsel for Prof. Ford be allocated time to question Judge Kavanaugh & counsel for the Judge be granted equal time to question Prof. Ford, followed by questions from Senators,” she tweeted. 

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“Such an approach would provide more continuity, elicit the most information & allow an in-depth examination of the allegations,” she added.

The Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing Monday in which Ford and Kavanaugh will both testify.

Ford went public with her allegations Sunday in an interview with The Washington Post, in which she said Kavanaugh threw her on a bed, groped her over her clothes while attempting to remove them and muffled her screams for help while drunk at a party in high school. 

"I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation,” Kavanaugh said in a statement provided by the White House Friday. “I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”