Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins -- a key vote -- said she believes judiciary committee investigators should "reach out" to Deborah Ramirez, the latest woman who has accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of inappropriate sexual behavior.
“I believe that the committee investigators should reach out to Deborah Ramirez in order to question her under oath about what she is alleging happened. I also am eager for the hearing to take place this Thursday and hear from both Judge Kavanaugh and and from Dr. Ford," Collins said Monday.
Collins added that she did not think Ramirez should be present at Thursday's hearing because "there hasn’t even been an interview of her yet with the committee staff and I think that needs to take place first."
“I am going to wait. I had not made a decision and obviously the hearing Thursday is an important one," Collins said.
Similarly, fellow Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who is also seen as a key vote, responded to a question about if she was moving closer to a decision on the nomination by saying: “There is a hearing on Thursday.”