Collins wants accuser's lawyer to question Kavanaugh

Collins wants accuser's lawyer to question Kavanaugh
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Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Defense: Trump unveils new missile defense plan | Dems express alarm | Shutdown hits Day 27 | Trump cancels Pelosi foreign trip | Senators offer bill to prevent NATO withdrawal McConnell blocks bill to reopen most of government Bipartisan senators reintroduce bill to prevent Trump from withdrawing from NATO 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 GrassleySenate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees IRS shutdown plan fails to quell worries Overnight Health Care: Dem chair plans hearing on Medicare for all | Senate GOP talks drug prices with Trump health chief | PhRMA CEO hopeful Trump reverses course on controversial pricing proposal MORE (R-Iowa) and Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinThe Hill's Morning Report — Shutdown fallout — economic distress Feinstein grappling with vote on AG nominee Barr 5 takeaways from Barr’s testimony 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.”