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

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In this case it was obvious there were going to be people very angry at me no matter what I did.

Maine Senator Susan Collins, who cast one of the key votes that led to Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation, defended her decision Sunday and said there is little chance the judge would overturn Roe v. Wade, despite bipartisan belief.

The FBI conducted a supplemental investigation into Kavanaugh's background but found no one who could corroborate her account.

Rice, however, said her "ties to ME are long and deep".

This week on 60 Minutes, in an interview filmed just prior to her vote, Collins tells Pelley that, when she heard the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford alleging that she had been sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh, she had some doubt about the nominee. "And I know it for a fact because I spoke with her, she didn't stop". "I do believe that she was assaulted".

"It's certainly been a difficult situation", she said of the hard feelings over the Kavanaugh nomination. That-not Kavanaugh's lies, or his troubling judicial record, or Ford's credible testimony about what he did to her-was what Collins felt the need to lecture Americans about. But independent court analysts say Kavanaugh is likely to lean toward more conservative rulings, giving the court's four-member conservative bloc a 5-4 edge over the court's four liberals.

"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.

As the Senate emptied Saturday, the tension of Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh's confirmation finally lessening, Sen.

"First of all, I have never disregarded, disrespected or mocked survivors".

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But for Collins, a pro-choice Republican, the decision to put a man accused of sexual assault on the Supreme Court runs a political - and personal - risk.

We're already starting to get an idea of who might challenge Collins in 2020. They had even attempted what some senators called a "bribe", raising millions of dollars in campaign pledges that they said they would donate to her opponent if she voted for President Trump's nominee.

"The threats have been unending", she added, "It's deplorable".

Sweet said a big factor would be whether Collins, 65, decides to run at all.

The political groups Be A Hero Team, Maine People's Alliance and Mainers for Accountable Leadership had called out the senator before her vote, with a Crowdpac campaign titled: "Either Sen".

"It's too soon to say what I might do", Hannah Pingree told the AP. She said she'd give a possible Senate bid "due consideration after the midterms".

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. "I have to do what I think is right, and that's what I did", she told WCSH-TV.

While her vote spurred criticism, Collins was cheered by Republicans including past and former presidents.

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