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

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

As Susan Collins prepared to announce how she'd vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, there was a genuine sense of curiosity about what she'd do.

On the Senate floor, Collins made two main assertions to back up her "yes" vote: She promised that she had done her homework on Kavanaugh's judicial record, and claimed to have carefully reviewed Christine Blasey Ford's testimony as well as the ensuing Federal Bureau of Investigation report.

Where they saw opposition to Obamacare in his rulings, she saw a careful judge whose reasoning that the Affordable Care Act was a use of Congress' taxing power closely mirrored the logic that Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. would later use to declare the 2010 health care law mostly constitutional.

"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.

"In a dissent in Seven-Sky v. Holder, Judge Kavanaugh rejected a challenge to the ACA on narrow procedural grounds, preserving the law in full".

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. "The opposition is largely driven by abortion-rights activists' fear that Kavanaugh could be the justice whose vote overturns the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision". According to a new report from Planned Parenthood, 25 million US women of reproductive age "are poised to lose access to abortion immediately if Kavanaugh is the fifth vote to overturn Roe vs. Wade".

"In short, his views on precedent would preclude attempts to do by stealth that which one has committed not to do overtly", she said.

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"I have great respect for Susan Collins, and I always have", he added.

Seacoastonline.com reported in 2015 that Rice has ties to Maine. "Nevertheless, the four witnesses she named could not corroborate any of the events of that evening gathering where she says the assault occurred; none of the individuals Professor Ford says were at the party has any recollection at all of that night".

When she finished her speech Sen.

She acknowledged on CNN's State of the Union that she'd harbored doubts about Kavanaugh after hearing Ford testify before the Judiciary Committee. She called it "the most hard in the 22 years that I've been honored to represent the state of Maine in the Senate".

Turning to the assault accusations, Ms. Collins said she found accuser Christine Blasey Ford's testimony "sincere, painful and compelling". "Everybody knows that", Ms. Collins said. "Collins VOTES NO on Kavanaugh OR we fund her future opponent" briefly crashed the Crowdpac website hosting the campaign.

Collins also reacted to the fiery protests in the days leading up to the Senate vote.

"Over the years, the people of Maine have trusted me to exercise my best judgment". "I think the online crowd fundraising effort is the equivalent of trying to bribe me to take a particular position".

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