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Collins: After Ford's Testimony, Thought Kavanaugh “Perhaps Needs to Withdraw'

Collins: After Ford's Testimony, Thought Kavanaugh “Perhaps Needs to Withdraw'

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, confessed Sunday she thought Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh might need to withdraw from the confirmation process after the testimony of his sexual assault accuser Christine Blasey Ford.

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Collins, who helped seal Kavanaugh’s confirmation with her vote on Saturday, said she was “certainly undecided” on the issue before Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

[A]nd after hearing Christine Ford's compelling and painful testimony, I thought ‘oh, my goodness, he perhaps needs to withdraw,’” she said.

But Kavanaugh’s “forceful denial, and the anger and anguish that he showed” as well as “the lack of corroboration” turned her around.

Collins also said she believes both Ford and Kavanaugh.

"I believe she believes what she testified to,” she said, adding: “I do not believe that Brett Kavanaugh was her assailant. I do believe she was assaulted. I don't know by whom and I'm not certain when but I do not believe he was the assailant.”

Published at Sun, 07 Oct 2018 13:48:42 +0000