Susan Collins said she was "appalled" by President Trump's tweets Friday morning that criticized Christine Blasey Ford for not coming forward sooner with her allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
"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", the most senior Republican woman in the Senate told supporters Friday afternoon. On Thursday, conservative activist and president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center Ed Whelan fired off a series of conspiratorial tweets arguing that Ford could have been confusing Kavanaugh with another classmate.
Christine Blasey Ford says that Kavanaugh accosted her at a party when the two were attending neighboring Catholic high schools in the '80s, pinned her to a bed, groped her, and attempted to remove her clothes while holding his hand over her mouth to prevent her from screaming.
"'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", added the president who famously boasted in an Access Hollywood tape, published shortly before being election, that he was so famous he could grab women by "the p**sy" with impunity.
Ford said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 when both were high school students in Maryland, an allegation Kavanaugh called "completely false".
The details of the alleged assault at a gathering of teenagers at a house in Montgomery County, Maryland, were carried in the Washington Post this week when Prof Ford made a decision to reveal her identity and tell the story.
Trump told Hannity on Thursday night that the Senate Judiciary Committee should move swiftly to finish vetting Kavanaugh.
Professor Ford has said she didn't tell anyone at the time about the incident. "Neither one of those options is useful if she wants to stop Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court", Roberts writes in her new op-ed for ABC News.
Cirujano sexy y su novia modelo drogaban y violaban mujeres jóvenes
Por eso fueron acusados de violación a través del uso de narcóticos, sexo oral, tráfico de narcóticos legales, entre otros. La mujer víctima despertó posteriormente en el departamento de Robicheux y gritó por ayuda.
According to her lawyer, Ford is willing to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Trump continued. "They've delayed it a week and they have to get on with it".
Ford's legal representation is negotiating with the committee about her testifying next week about the allegation, which Kavanaugh has denied.
His approval by the Judiciary Committee and the Republican-majority Senateappeared to be an nearly certainty until The Washington Post published its interview with Ford, who is now a California psychology professor.
Responding on Twitter to Democratic criticism, the Republican-led Judiciary Committee defended Grassley's approach and described how its staff members have contacted four people alleged to have been present at the house where the alleged incident occurred. "He remains committed to providing a fair forum for both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh", said Taylor Foy, a spokesman for Grassley.
Celebrities like Julianne Moore, Marisa Tomei, and Gabrielle Union - among other women - filmed the video in support of Ford.
In the call later Thursday, Katz asked the committee to subpoena Mark Judge, whom Ford has named as the other teen in the room at the time. So, it's unclear why the White House is ride or die on Brett Kavanaugh.
Federal Bureau of Investigation officials have said they are not looking into the matter.
Democrats oppose Mr Kavanaugh's nomination and have called for the FBI to launch an investigation.