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Susan Collins ‘appalled’ after Trump questions Kavanaugh accuser

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 9/21/2018 Diana Stancy Correll
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Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Friday she was "appalled" after President Trump challenged the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault to produce evidence from law enforcement officials that should have been created if the incident was reported.

According to the Portland Press Herald, Collins said Trump's remarks was "completely inappropriate" given that many women don't report these incidents.

"First of all, we know that allegations of sexual assault – I'm not saying that’s what happened in this case – but we know allegations of sexual assault are one of the most unreported crimes that exist," she said. "So I thought that the president’s tweet was completely inappropriate and wrong."

Christine Blasey Ford has accused Kavanaugh of forcing himself upon her in the 1980s while they were both in high school. Kavanaugh has rejected the allegation. Since coming forward with her allegation, Ford has been forced to move and has encountered death threats, according to Ford’s lawyers.

On Friday morning, Trump criticized Ford’s lawyers, and also pondered why the FBI wasn’t contacted when the alleged incident occurred.

“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," Trump tweeted. "I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!”

The Senate Judiciary Committee has asked Ford to testify before the panel to share details about the allegations. She and Senate Democrats have said an FBI investigation should be completed first, although Ford has indicated she could testify next week.


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