Susan Collins Announces Her Support for Brett Kavanaugh Nomination

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WASHINGTON – A U.S. senator whose vote will be crucial to deciding Brett Kavanaugh’s bid for a Supreme Court seat said on Friday she will support the nominee, all but ensuring he will sit on the highest U.S. court despite accusations of sexual misconduct against him.

“I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh,” said Senator Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine. “The allegations fail to meet the ‘more likely than not’ standard,” she said.

Watch her speech: 

Sen. Susan Collins speaks before Senate

RIGHT NOW: Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is speaking on the Senate floor. Collins — a key vote — just voted to advance Brett Kavanaugh's nomination.

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A final confirmation vote could come as soon as Saturday.

Collins’ decision leaves opponents of Kavanaugh hoping for an unlikely scenario of at least two other senators who had previously backed him to change their minds and declare they will vote against him.

A sharply partisan battle over Kavanaugh became an intense political drama when university professor Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were in high school in Maryland in 1982.

Two other women also made accusations of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh in the 1980s. He angrily denied the accusations.

Watch her comments after the speech: 

Earlier on Friday, Senate lawmakers backed Kavanaugh by 51 to 49 in a procedural vote that moved the Republican-controlled Senate toward a definitive decision.

(Reporting by Amanda Becker and Richard Cowan; Additional reporting by David Morgan, Ginger Gibson, David Alexander, Eric Beech, Lisa Lambert and Kevin Drawbaugh; Writing by Alistair Bell; Editing by Frances Kerry)

This is a breaking news story and will updated as developments occur.

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She did do the right thing for the people’s of America. She was only thinking of herself !,,!!

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I am not. usually a fan but I think she did a though and thoughtful speech. So glad she made the right decision.

Raymond Takashi Swenson
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Raymond Takashi Swenson

Senator Collins made an eloquent and thorough statement justifying the reasoned conclusion that Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination deserves to be confirmed. This was the best explanation of how legal precedent should be followed in Supreme Court decisions, in a principled and nonpartisan way. Collins righteously denounced the Democrat staff who abused Prof. Ford by thrusting her into the linelight against her will. Collins gave Prof. Ford the best credit possible for her belief in her own recollection of a matter 35 years ago. While recognizing that the utter lack of corroborating evidence of the occurrence of the incident from any of… Read more »

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Bravo Susan. You have partially restored my faith in the system…..which has become so tainted.

Jane
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Jane

fantastic speech, Maine should be proud of her.

Seymour Butts
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Seymour Butts

The real vote happens tomorrow, Mike. I want to be optimistic as well, but we’re dealing with swamp creatures here! There’s only one behavior that can be expected of these low life’s: Their vote goes to the highest bidder, the auction’s not closed, and there’s always a few willing to snipe in the final seconds!

Mike
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Mike

It’s over folks. The libtards just took another hit square in the face! I love this shi*. Ok Trump master, who’s next….. lmao

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