Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, criticized fellow senator Susan Collins’ vote to verify Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Courtroom Sunday, saying that Collins’ rationale was “insulting” to accuser Christine Blasey Ford.
“[Collins] stated that Dr. Ford thinks that she was assaulted, which is much more insulting than saying that she gave a really credible account,” Hirono instructed CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Ford testified earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee final month that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a celebration once they have been each in highschool. Kavanaugh denied her claims and was confirmed by the Senate in a slim vote Saturday.
In a dramatic speech Friday asserting her assist for Kavanaugh’s affirmation, Collins stated she believed Ford had been sexually assaulted however may discover no corroborating proof that Kavanaugh had finished something unsuitable. The Maine Republican additionally stated she discovered Ford’s testimony to be “honest, painful and compelling.”
“To say that she thinks that Dr. Ford thinks that she was assaulted, what’s that?” stated Hirono, who sits on the judiciary committee and voted in opposition to Kavanaugh. “Is she mistaken?”
Hirono additionally insisted Ford’s declare that Kavanaugh had assaulted her was corroborated, whereas Kavanaugh’s declare that he was harmless was not.
“The individuals the FBI interviewed … all stated that they haven’t any recollection,” Hirono stated. “That’s hardly what I might name exoneration. However on [Ford’s] aspect, there was corroboration as a result of she had talked about this assault to her husband, to others earlier than Brett Kavanaugh was ever nominated to the Supreme Courtroom. She took a lie detector take a look at. Corroboration was there.”