Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks with Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh in her office before a private meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018.
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Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, called on both the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman accused him of sexual assault under oath to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Collins, a key swing vote for Kavanaugh, tweeted on Monday that the research psychologist Christine Blasey, Ford and Kavanaugh address should be the allegations.
“Professor Ford, and judge Kavanaugh should have tweeted both of them to testify under oath before the judiciary Committee,” the Maine legislature.
Professor Ford and judge Kavanaugh should the Committee both to testify under oath before the justice.
— Sen Susan Collins (@Senator Collins) September 17, 2018
Collins’ tweet comes after The Washington Post published a story on Sunday, Ford unveiled the name and other details of the alleged sexual assault that occurred when she and Kavanaugh were in high school.
Democrats and some Republican senators expressed their concerns about Ford’s allegation that a drunken Kavanaugh groped her and tried her out of her clothes at a party, when both young people were in a suburb of Maryland.
Kavanaugh a new statement released on Monday calling the allegation “completely false” and said he “had no idea who made this charge, to The Washington Post identified”.
“I’m ready to talk to the Senate judiciary Committee in any manner that the Committee deems appropriate, to refute this false claim, of 36 years, and defend my integrity,” Kavanaugh said.
Debra Katz, the attorney, the Prosecutor, said Ford was willing to share their story publicly, the judicial panel, but no legislators had contacted so far. Katz denied that Ford, a Democrat, was politically motivated.
“She believes that if it were not for the heavy rush of Brett Kavanaugh, you would have been raped,” Katz NBC’s “Today said.” To come to the explanation of Ford’s initial reluctance to front, Katz said, “nobody in their right mind, regardless of their motives, would like to inject into this process and the nature of the violation, you are subjected to by those who want to go to these candidates.”
The judiciary panel Chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassely of Iowa, Kavanaugh and Ford interviewed, by telephone, by cross-party employees. But Democrats say staff calls are not enough and wants to postpone the procedure, so that the FBI can investigate.
The Democrats, Grassley, have written to delay Thursday’s scheduled Committee said a vote would be investigating the FBI time to.
The letter says, there are serious questions about Kavanaugh’s “record, truthfulness and character.”
Grassley has not indicated that he delay’d the vote in the Committee.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.