Collins and other Republicans have sought to show that they believe Ford while also somehow maintaining their support for Kavanaugh. But as Bash pointed out to Collins, you can’t have it both ways.

“But if she said that under oath and he said that under oath, you’ve made a decision that he said [sic] is more valid than what she said” Bash continues.

Collins replies that there was no corroborating evidence that Kavanaugh assaulted Ford, and therefore felt it was not likely that Kavanaugh was involved. ”In this country, we have a presumption of innocence,” she said. But that standard of evidence only applies to criminal trials—not confirmation hearings.

The Washington Post (paywall) reported that experts in traumatic memories have scoffed at the theory that Ford could be mistaking Kavanaugh for someone else.

“The person lying on top of you—who she’d previously met—you’re not going to forget that,” Richard Huganir, a neuroscientist at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, told the Post. “There’s a total consensus in the field of memory … If anything, fear and trauma enhances the encoding of the memory at a molecular level.”

Meanwhile, Collins’ pivotal vote has prompted furious opponents to raise more than $3 million for whoever challenges her in 2020.

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