Susan Collins: I don't believe Kavanaugh was Ford's assailant

Here's 'Something Bold' Democrats Can Do: Conduct the Kavanaugh Probe White House and GOP Refused to Have

Here's 'Something Bold' Democrats Can Do: Conduct the Kavanaugh Probe White House and GOP Refused to Have

Susan Collins, whose decision to support Brett Kavanaugh was key to his confirmation to the Supreme Court. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska defined her vote around. But she did not say Kavanaugh or Judge assaulted the girls in the bedroom, nor did she provide the names of corroborating witnesses.

But beyond those pronouncements, others noted that the Democrats still have some very real strategic decisions to make about how to proceed in the case of Kavanaugh-a nominee who throughout his confirmation process lashed out with partisan attacks, dodged questions about his past, and may well have perjured himself by lying under oath to the Senate on not one, but numerous occasions.

On the subject of Kavanaugh, she told reporters the supplemental Federal Bureau of Investigation reports that she pushed for, along with GOP Sens.

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

Kavanaugh replaces retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative jurist who often cast the deciding swing vote on ideologically divisive issues, upholding abortion and gay rights and the use of affirmative action aiding racial minorities in college admissions.

Collins said it was clear to her that Kavanaugh drank in high school.

"We will be ill-served in the long run if we abandon the presumption of innocence and fairness, tempting though it may be", Ms. Collins said. "And I know it for a fact because I spoke with her, she didn't stop".

But Rice defended her connection to the state, saying at a New Yorker event that "My ties to ME are long and deep".

Collins questioned Rice's connection to ME, saying Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that although Rice's family has a home in ME, "she doesn't live in the state of Maine".

Old Republican names, now nearly lost to history, were the thought leaders and kingmakers of the GOP: Governor and Senator Leverett A. Saltonstall, Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, Senator Prescott Bush, Senator Margaret Chase Smith, Rep. Hamilton Fish IV and others were of the old breed of Yankee, mostly Protestant "good government" Republicans who were more in tune with the progressivism of Teddy Roosevelt than the growing conservative movement.

Whether it's Ms. Rice or someone else, the Democratic challenger will quickly be able to tap the $3.4 million in campaign cash raised by the liberal advocates who tried to sway Ms. Collins' vote - $1 million of which was pledged within hours of her speech.

'I have reservations about this vote, ' he said in a statement, but 'based on all the information I have available to me, including the recently completed Federal Bureau of Investigation report, I have found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist who will follow the Constitution and determine cases based on the legal findings before him'. "It was a charade meant to appear as a real investigation, with the goal of giving Republicans a fig leaf to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court without paying a political price".

Flash forward to Saturday, when Collins stunned the left with her right hook. "I have to do what I think is right, and that's what I did", she told WCSH-TV.

"Over the years, the people of Maine have trusted me to exercise my best judgment".

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