Susan Collins Spoke Out Against Sexual Assault When a Democrat Was Accused

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A deeply divided U.S. Senate on Saturday confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, as Republicans dismissed sexual assault accusations against the conservative judge and delivered a major victory to President Donald Trump.

Still, Maine Republican Sen.

Lisa Murkowski offered an extended and emotional explanation Friday for why she chose to buck her party and vote against ending debate on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Manchin, who faces a competitive re-election next month in a state Trump overwhelmingly carried in 2016, voted to advance Kavanaugh's nomination in a key procedural vote earlier Friday.

"And so I have been wrestling with whether or not this was about qualifications of a good man or is this bigger than the nomination", she said.

"I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court", Collins said. And my heart goes out to anyone who has experienced any type of sexual assault in their life.

The U.S. Senate, as well as American voters, are bitterly divided over the Federal Bureau of Investigation report and the qualification of the judge for sitting on the highest U.S. court. "Informed by Alexander Hamilton's Federalist 76, I have interpreted this to mean that the president has broad discretion to consider a nominee's philosophy, whereas my duty as a senator is to focus on the nominee's qualifications as long as that nominee's philosophy is within the mainstream of judicial thought".

The senator said she spoke with Judge Kavanaugh in her office for two hours, an additional hour on the phone and dozens of her own constituents before making her decision. "I am against any kind of abuse or violence".

Republicans held open an empty seat that year, which Trump filled in 2017 with conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch.

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The committee's chairman, Republican Devin Nunes of California, didn't respond to a request for comment. US drug companies can fend off generic competition for a few more years.

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Confirming Mr Kavanaugh to the lifetime post would hand Mr Trump a clear victory and tip the balance on the court to a 5-4 majority in favour of conservatives in possible legal battles over contentious issues such as abortion rights, immigration, and Mr Trump's attempt to ban transgender people from the USA military.

His nomination was left teetering on the edge after university psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford claimed in harrowing testimony last week that he tried to rape her when they were high school students.

Today's vote comes after Kavanaugh faced accusations of sexual misconduct from Ramirez and other women.

The announcements by Republican Susan Collins of ME and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia came after weeks of shocking accusations, hardball politics and rowdy Capitol protests.

Collins wasn't the only senator to announce a plan to vote yes in the full vote tomorrow. Flake originally said he would support the nominee.

Deeply coloring the day's events was a burning resentment by partisans on both sides, on and off the Senate floor.

In a Quinnipiac poll issued on Monday, 48 percent of Americans said that Kavanaugh should not be confirmed to the Supreme Court, while 42 percent said he should be confirmed.

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