Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, blasted Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Sunday for remarks on whether she believes Christine Blasey Ford, the first woman to publicly accuse Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

"She said that Dr. Ford thinks that she was assaulted, which is even more insulting than saying she gave a very credible account," Hirono said during an interview with CNN's "State of the Union."

"I certainly believe Dr. Ford. Anyone watching her testimony would know, and would say, and would conclude she was being very truthful," she said. "And the one thing that she recollects with 100 percent accuracy is that Judge Kavanaugh, Brett Kavanaugh, assaulted her."

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Earlier in the show, Collins told CNN she thinks Ford "believes what she testified" before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding her allegation Kavanaugh drunkenly groped her and tried to remove her clothes in the 1980s when the pair were teenagers. Kavanaugh has denied the accusation.

But Collins added later in the segment she believed Ford was assaulted.

"I don't know by whom, and I'm not certain when, but I do not believe he was the assailant," she said, referring to Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court by the Senate on Saturday in a close 50-48 vote. He was sworn in that evening.

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