Susan Collins: 'I do not believe' Kavanaugh was Ford's assailant

Susan Collins: 'I do not believe' Kavanaugh was Ford's assailant

States "are very busy passing all kinds of laws that would limit a woman's right to choose", Hirono said, pointing out that it is the constitutionality of those laws that could come before the Supreme Court.

Sen. Susan Collins said that although she thought newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh "stepped over the line" during his confirmation process, she ultimately put herself "in his shoes" when considering his temperament and fitness for the court. (She has offered no alternative theory for these seemingly-contradictory positions; perhaps she subscribes to the libelous Ed Whelan Tweet thread theory.) On Sunday, Collins said that she hopes this controversy prompts more women to report their assaults when they occur-a tacit criticism of Ford, even though her assault occurred in an era when victims of sexual assault were (somehow) taken even less seriously than they are today.

"The facts presented do not mean that President - that Professor Ford was not sexually assaulted that night or at some other time".

President Donald Trump said Sunday he has "great respect" for Collins, applauding her "impassioned" 45-minute speech on Saturday before announcing her vote. "Collins VOTES NO on Kavanaugh OR we fund her future opponent".

Turning to the assault accusations, Ms. Collins said she found accuser Christine Blasey Ford's testimony "sincere, painful and compelling".

"We've heard a lot of charges and countercharges about Judge Kavanaugh, but as those who have known him best have attested, he has been an exemplary public servant, judge, teacher, coach, husband and father", Collins said.

"Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be a rubber stamp on his war on health care was a true test of Senator Collins's commitment to health care", said Protect Our Care's Leslie Dach, which paid for the ads.

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Collins (R-ME) arrives at the Office of Senate Security, which houses a 'sensitive compartmented information facility, ' or SCIF, to review Kavanagh probe documents.

The Democrats' prospect list is topped by Rep. Chellie Pingree, who Collins defeated once already, back in 2002. "I think it's the end of whatever legacy she has worked so hard to achieve as a moderate", Amy Halsted, co-director of Maine People's Alliance, which helped start the fundraiser, told Rolling Stone.

Sweet said a big factor would be whether Collins, 65, decides to run at all. "That's what I did in this case", she said.

Three men, current Democratic Senate nominee Zak Ringelstein, state Rep. Seth Berry and Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling, said they're more interested in supporting a female candidate than running themselves.

The Maine senator faces re-election in two years. During her remarks, the senator briefly touched on Saturday's momentous vote.

Now, Halsted said, Collins' constituents are "ready to support a senator from Maine who is going to stand up for Mainers and do what's right for the country, regardless of political party-and I think people realize Susan Collins is not that senator". She said she'd give a possible Senate bid "due consideration after the midterms".

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