Collins: Kavanaugh And Ford Should Testify Under Oath Before Judiciary Committee

September 17, 2018 4:37 pm

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) emphasized the need to hold sworn interviews and “some sort of hearing” over Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

“I believe that in order for me to assess the credibility of these allegations, that I want to have both individuals to come before the Senate Judiciary Committee and testify under oath,” Collins said.

“There are an awful lot of questions, inconsistencies, gaps, and that’s why, to be fair to both, we need to know what happened,” she told reporters. “It’s my understanding that the staff is doing interviews, or has proposed to do interviews, and then that I assume will be the prelude to some sort of hearing.”

She added that it was important “to observe [Ford] being questioned, read a transcript or a deposition.

“Obviously, if Judge Kavanaugh has lied about what happened, that would be disqualifying,” Collins said.

On Friday, Collins noted, Kavanaugh “emphatically denied that the allegations were true.”

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