Susan Collins addresses Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, told reporters on Monday that if Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh lied in denying that he sexually assaulted a woman at a high school party in the early 1980s that it would “obviously” disqualify him from a seat on the nation’s highest court.

“Obviously if Judge Kavanaugh has lied about what happened that would be disqualifying,” Collins said during a brief gaggle with the press outside her office.

Kavanaugh has vigorously denied that the alleged incident ever took place, and a official told NBC News Monday that Kavanaugh has said that he was not at the party. Kavanaugh gave the same account to Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, a Hatch aide told NBC News.

Collins also continued to demand a hearing on the issue with Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, a position which seemingly puts her at odds with GOP leadership.



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