Collins, King condemn Trump for mocking Kavanaugh accuser
AUGUSTA, Maine — U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King of Maine criticized President Donald Trump on Wednesday for mocking the California professor who alleges that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school.
Collins, who is one of three Republicans who haven’t decided how they will vote on Kavanaugh, helped initiate an FBI investigation into allegations against the judge that’s expected to end on Friday. Senate Republican leaders have said they will quickly proceed to confirm him after that.
She has been under pressure from liberals since Kavanaugh was nominated by the Republican president in July. Collins is a pro-abortion rights Republican and groups who have long counted her as an ally have worried that Kavanaugh could erode abortion rights.
It has only increased since Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor at a California university, went public with her allegation that Kavanaugh groped and tried to disrobe her at a party while they were high school students in Maryland. He has denied the allegations and both of them testified before a Senate panel last week.
Trump had been largely restrained on Ford — calling her at one point a “very credible witness” and authorizing the expanded investigation — until a Tuesday rally in Mississippi, where he mocked Ford’s allegations by intimating that the only thing she remembers of the alleged incident is that she “had one beer.”