GOP Swing Vote Collins 'Appalled' at Trump Tweet Needling Ford

Glen Norman
September 22, 2018

The event is the latest effort by allies of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee to counter the allegation of sexual assault that may have the potential to derail his confirmation to the high court.

On Thursday, Ford lawyers told the Judiciary Committee that her preference is to testify to the panel next Thursday.

Over the past several days, Republicans and the president alike have taken swings at the alleged victim, culminating today with a tweet from the president reading in part "if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities [sic]". 'I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!'

Kavanaugh's nomination has been thrown into doubt by Ford's allegations that he sexually assaulted her when they were teens.

Ford has told the pane she would prefer the committee not use outside counsel to question her because that would make it seem too much like a trial, the attorney told the panel.

As for Trump's FBI comment - referencing Ford's desire for the FBI to investigate her accusations before her hearing - there is no reason why the FBI would have been involved 36 years ago.

Trump and the White House had been careful not to malign Ford after her allegations surfaced, but Trump dropped the restraint in his tweets on Friday.

It could also threaten Mr Kavanaugh's support with several Republicans - including Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Jeff Flake of Arizona - who have not declared their stances on his nomination.

Hope, who was in town to promote her book about Trump called Just The Tweets, said it's up to Ford to decide whether she should testify.

"I was appalled by the president's tweet", she told U.S. media.

"I thought that the president's tweet was completely inappropriate and wrong. I want to make sure I've been extremely thorough", she said.

Grassley sent Ford's attorneys a proposal earlier Friday offering a Wednesday hearing - Ford preferred Thursday - and said, "It is not fair to him or to his family to allow this situation to continue without a resolution and without an opportunity for him to clear his name".

"We want to hear Dr. Ford's testimony and are prepared to accommodate many of your demands, including further delaying a hearing that is now scheduled for Monday", Grassley said in a statement.

Sarah Fagen, a former colleague of Kavanaugh's from the George W. Bush administration, asserted the women felt compelled to stand with the nominee because the allegation presented does not fit with what they've come to know about his conscience and character.

Kavanaugh, a 53-year-old District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals judge, has repeatedly denied the accusation.

Speaker Kayla Kessinger, a Republican state delegate in West Virginia who is running for re-election primarily on a pro-life platform - in a state that is taking up a ballot initiative to revoke public funding of abortions in November - told ABC News: "I am absolutely, one hundred percent supportive of Brett Kavanaugh".

Trump has rejected ordering Federal Bureau of Investigation involvement, but he has also called for her to "have her say".

Timing in the case, however, has serious implications for Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Katz called the 10 p.m. deadline "arbitrary" and "aggressive" and accused the Republicans of bullying the Blasey while she receives death threats. Facts don't matter. I go through this with them every single day in D.C.

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