And because it was created to directly influence her vote, the legality may be dicey. "I can not conclude, based on the evidence and the complete lack of corroboration that Brett Kavanaugh was her assailant".
Kavanaugh's nomination, one of the most contentious in USA history, had roiled Washington and the US political scene for weeks, with Kavanaugh accused by a woman of sexually assaulting her when both were high school teenagers more than 30 years ago, allegations that in the end did not derail the appointment of the appellate court judge one level up to the high court. Lisa Murkowski, an Alaska Republican who sits in the chamber next to Ms. Collins, joined the Democrats, saying Justice Kavanaugh wasn't the right person for the high court.
In a logical, dispassionate review of the facts - devoid any ideological fervor for placing a conservative nominee on the court - Collins focused on the facts and the Senate's constitutional role in the confirmation process. A floor vote is scheduled to take place tomorrow. "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". "He perhaps needs to withdraw, "' she said.
Collins of ME said Ford's testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee was "heart-wrenching" but added that Kavanaugh also passionately denied her accusations. "I am not going to allow that kind of effort".
"I believe (Dr. Blasey Ford) was sexually assaulted and that that trauma has stayed with her throughout her life", Collins told WXIA. "Therefore I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court", Sen. "Threats or other attempts to bully her will not play a factor in her decision making whatsoever". "I don't know by whom, and I'm not certain when, but I do not believe that he was the assailant".
"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.
Former Obama National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice, who was forced to pull her nomination for secretary of state over concerns that she lied to the country in 2012 about the Benghazi terrorist attacks, hinted that she might run to unseat Ms. Collins in 2020, tweeting "me" Friday in response to the question "who wants to run for senator in Maine?"
Upon her arrival in her home state, the newspaper reported, "Police escorted her off the flight separate from other passengers after it landed at Bangor International Airport, avoiding about 20 protesters at the airport terminal".
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. But, I will say that I thought his questioning, with the questioning with the senators, that he went over the line. She called it "the most hard in the 22 years that I've been honored to represent the state of Maine in the Senate".