Hirono: Collins’ doubts of Kavanaugh accuser Ford’s claims ‘insulting’
Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, criticized fellow senator Susan Collins’ vote to substantiate Brett Kavanaugh to the Ideally suited Courtroom Sunday, pronouncing that Collins’ rationale was once “insulting” to accuser Christine Blasey Ford.
“[Collins] mentioned that Dr. Ford thinks that she was once assaulted, which is much more insulting than pronouncing that she gave an overly credible account,” Hirono informed CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Ford testified ahead of the Senate Judiciary Committee ultimate month that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a birthday party once they had been each in highschool. Kavanaugh denied her claims and was once showed by means of the Senate in a slim vote Saturday.
In a dramatic speech Friday pronouncing her strengthen for Kavanaugh’s affirmation, Collins mentioned she believed Ford have been sexually assaulted however may just to find no corroborating proof that Kavanaugh had finished the rest improper. The Maine Republican additionally mentioned she discovered Ford’s testimony to be “honest, painful and compelling.”
“To mention that she thinks that Dr. Ford thinks that she was once assaulted, what’s that?” mentioned Hirono, who sits at the judiciary committee and voted in opposition to Kavanaugh. “Is she improper?”
Hirono additionally insisted Ford’s declare that Kavanaugh had assaulted her was once corroborated, whilst Kavanaugh’s declare that he was once blameless was once no longer.
“The folk the FBI interviewed … all mentioned that they have got no recollection,” Hirono mentioned. “This is infrequently what I’d name exoneration. However on [Ford’s] facet, there was once corroboration as a result of she had mentioned this attack to her husband, to others ahead of Brett Kavanaugh was once ever nominated to the Ideally suited Courtroom. She took a lie detector take a look at. Corroboration was once there.”