President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nomination Brett Kavanaugh found himself at the focus of an increasing scandal this week as sexual allegations from his high school days have hit the headlines, adding what some will see as yet just another flaw to the history of the controversial nominee.
The senator, who is a crucial swing vote on Kavanaugh's nomination, was responding to a question on what she thought of a tweet from the President suggesting that Christine Blasey Ford should have come forward with her allegation against Kavanaugh earlier.
I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents.
She has so far refused, accusing Trump loyalists of intending to deny her a fair hearing and to give the conservative Kavanaugh the green light regardless.
Specifically, Collins told a ME radio station that she believes in the Senate's responsibility to vet nominees for high offices like the Supreme Court position for which Kavanaugh has been nominated. "You say, why didn't somebody call the Federal Bureau of Investigation 36 years ago?" the president told Sean Hannity on September 21 in Las Vegas, where he also held a campaign rally.
The president's tweet brought blistering rejoinders from Democrats and a mix of silence and sighs of regret from his own party.
The psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California said she was being treated for what she said had been the long-term effects of the incident. She said she was able to escape, but the Washington Post reported that she described the episode to a therapist in 2013 as a "rape attempt".
What are Ford's lawyers saying?
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The letter was leaked to the public without a name included within a week of the committee vote.
Marsha Poindexter, who has been a self-employed insurance agent for 20 years in Springfield, Missouri, said that Ford needs to appear before the committee if she wants to level accusations. At a press conference Tuesday, Trump said Kavanaugh was "not a man that deserves this", and that "I feel terribly for him, for his wife, who is an incredibly, lovely woman, handsome young daughters". She doesn't want Kavanaugh in the same room, her attorney told the panel's staff in a 30-minute call that also touched on security concerns and others issues, according to a Senate aide.
Judge Kavanaugh, 53, says the assault allegation, which dates back to his teenage years, is "completely false".
The professor said since she made the claims she has "been the target of vicious harassment".
"What is happening with the Judiciary Committee, really, I would call it a railroad job, " Senator Mazie Hirono, Democrat of Hawaii, said alongside Gillibrand on Thursday.
Timing in the case, however, has serious implications for Kavanaugh's confirmation.
If, as expected, the Republican majority votes to approve Kavanaugh's confirmation, it will pass to the full Senate, where a vote for cloture, setting up a final full-Senate vote, can be taken Wednesday morning.
The GOP letter to Ford's lawyers said Kavanaugh and his family have received death threats too, "And they're getting worse each day". Facts don't matter. I go through this with them every single day in D.C.