Susan Collins Offers Options For Kavanaugh Accuser To Testify

Henry Rodgers | Capitol Hill Reporter

Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins said she hopes Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Judge Brett Kavanaugh of high school-era sexual assault, will testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, citing options of giving her account publicly or privately.

In a Wednesday tweet, Collins said she hopes Ford will sit down with the committee in either a “public or a private session” or “whichever would make her more comfortable.” Collins says she hopes Ford will reconsider the offer and sit down with the committee on Monday.

Collins comments come after she told reporters Tuesday she found it “very puzzling” that Ford was not responding to emails from the committee about testifying. (RELATED: Collins Breaks Silence On Kavanaugh Accuser Ignoring Senate Inquiries: ‘Very Puzzling’)

Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker told The Daily Caller News Foundation Tuesday that Ford needs to respond to Senate inquiries, and that the judiciary committee should “move on” if she declines.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley said in a Wednesday letter that he is focused on “doing everything” to make sure Ford is “comfortable” with appearing before the committee Monday.

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