Collins wants accuser's lawyer to question Kavanaugh

Collins wants accuser's lawyer to question Kavanaugh
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Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsDemocrats' 2020 Achilles's heel: The Senate Democrats' 2020 Achilles's heel: The Senate The Hill's Morning Report — Uproar after Trump's defense of foreign dirt on candidates 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 Defense: Pompeo blames Iran for oil tanker attacks | House panel approves 3B defense bill | Trump shares designs for red, white and blue Air Force One On The Money: Pelosi says no debt ceiling hike until deal on spending caps | McConnell pressures White House to strike budget deal | Warren bill would wipe out billions in student debt | Senate passes IRS reform bill On The Money: Pelosi says no debt ceiling hike until deal on spending caps | McConnell pressures White House to strike budget deal | Warren bill would wipe out billions in student debt | Senate passes IRS reform bill MORE (R-Iowa) and Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinNew push to regulate self-driving cars faces tough road Trump remarks deepen distrust with intelligence community Trump remarks deepen distrust with intelligence community 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.”