Susan Rice Considering 2020 Challenge to Collins in Maine

Susan Rice Considering 2020 Challenge to Collins in Maine

Susan Rice Considering 2020 Challenge to Collins in Maine

Following the final pronouncements by holdout lawmakers on Friday-namely Republican Susan Collins of ME and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia-that made it clear the U.S. Senate is nearly assured to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court in a vote on Saturday, outrage erupted among those who had opposed his nomination and vows to mobilize were issued to make sure that those who voted against the public interest would be held accountable in the upcoming mid-terms or in 2020. She is the most moderate Republican in the Senate, and often votes against the GOP.

Collins said today that crowdsourced funding targeting her was tantamount to "a bribe, or extortion".

"What Judge Kavanaugh told me - and he's the first Supreme Court nominee that I've interviewed, out of six, who has told me this - is that he views precedent not just as a legal doctrine, but as rooted in our constitution", Collins says.

Noting "Our Supreme Court confirmation process has been in steady decline for more than thirty years", she added this wish: "One can only hope that the Kavanaugh nomination is where the process has finally hit rock bottom".

Collins also reacted to the fiery protests in the days leading up to the Senate vote. Kavanaugh is sure to be the tiebreaking vote in a series of 5-4 decisions that will defy the will of the public, ensuring this fight will rage for years to come.

He replied, according to Collins: '"No, it would have to be the only case for overturning a long-established precedent is if it was grievously wrong and deeply inconsistent".

Collins returned to ME late Saturday after Kavanaugh was sworn into office.

The Senate confirmed Kavanaugh in a 50-48 vote on Saturday.

As the senators voted, protesters in the Senate gallery screamed, "I do not consent", and, "shame", forcing Vice President Mike Pence, who was presiding over the chamber, to repeatedly call for order. Kavanaugh once again referred to the law as 'precedent upon precedent'. But when a group of protestors chanting "Show up for ME women, vote no" confronted her as she stepped to the podium, Collins had no visible reaction.

He did not specifically say whether he supports a woman's right to abortion, but rather, his support of the Constitution.

Senators were able to view the report that was available only in a secure setting on the Capitol.

Ford's lawyers told NBC News on Sunday that Ford and her family have still been unable to return to their home due to the death threats she continues to face after testifying against Kavanaugh on Sep. 27.

On a stop at CNN during her cable news tour, Collins was dismissive of Rice.

Collins has already endured weeks of threats and intimidation leading up to Kavanaugh's confirmation, because those who opposed the justice's nomination saw the ME lawmaker as a Republican who could be persuaded to vote against Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Judge said in a statement he did not remember the incident but FBI agents spoke to him for three hours during their investigation.

'There's also no contemporaneous evidence'.

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