Sparks Fly as Collins, Hirono Debate Kavanaugh Confirmation

President Barack Obama and National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice talk on the phone with Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco to receive an update on a terrorist attack in Brussels Belgium. The President made the call from the residence of the U.S. Chi

Interest in the Maine Republican senator's 2020 re-election has exploded in the days since she cast the deciding vote to confirm President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick - a vote that helped transform the balance of power on the nation's high court for a generation and suddenly complicates Collins' path to a fifth term.

The FBI conducted a supplemental investigation into Kavanaugh's background but found no one who could corroborate her account. The Bangor Daily News reported that the senator was greeted by protesters when she switched planes in Philadelphia while traveling from Washington, D.C.to ME on Saturday night following the final vote on Kavanaugh.

In an appearance Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union", Ms. Collins said she would face that challenge and quickly called into question the Democrat's ties to the New England state. "And I know it for a fact because I spoke with her, she didn't stop".

News of Collins's key vote was a strong blow to opponents of the controversial Kavanaugh, including sexual assault victims and their allies who view his impending nomination as a referendum on the #MeToo movement and its limits. She then seemed to walk it back, saying she was "not making any announcements".

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

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

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.

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

One point on which both Collins and Hirono appeared to agree, curiously, was that Kavanaugh's installment on the Supreme Court is unlikely to lead to overturning Roe v. Wade.

Collins (R-ME) arrives at the Office of Senate Security, which houses a 'sensitive compartmented information facility, ' or SCIF, to review Kavanagh probe documents. She said Sunday that despite the presence of protesters outside her home in Bangor, the response from Mainers has been "overwhelmingly positive". She gave an impassioned, handsome speech yesterday. "That's what I did in this case", she said.

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

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.

Collins was among the Republicans who said she was troubled by Rice's explanations for the deadly attack.

"The most hard in the 22 years I've been honored to represent the State of Maine in the United States Senate". "And I think he reacted with anger and anguish as a father of two young girls, a 10-year-old and a 13-year-old".

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