Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) opened up about the brutal threats she received after she voted “yes” to confirm then-nominee Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court Justice — also revealing an inspiring message he sent her after his confirmation.
Washington, D.C. was in chaos when Kavanaugh underwent his confirmation hearings amid sexual misconduct cases made against him — Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault in high school, decades ago.
The swing-vote senator previously shared that she was targetted with threats after she announced her decision to vote to confirm Kavanaugh and how she finally felt a sense of relief and security weeks later, IJR Red reported.
Appearing in an exclusive Fox News interview with Martha MacCallum, Collins went more in-depth about the aftermath of the Kavanaugh hearings, “I felt so strongly that we were really at a critical point for our country.”
A clip rolled of the senator during her speech on her deciding bid saying, “We must always remember that it is when passions are most inflamed, that fairness is most in jeopardy.”
Collins went more in depth of how the confirmation process isn’t a trial, however, there are certain standards to go by:
“[I]f we were gonna throw overboard the presumption of innocence despite the complete lack of corroborating evidence even from Dr. Ford’s best friend, and if we were going to dispense with fairness, the rule of law, and due process, I really feared for what our country would become and whether anyone would be willing to put their name forth for public service. I mean, who would go through that?”
Asked if she’s spoken with the now-justice, Collins said she hasn’t but she did receive a text message from him after the hearing.
“I have gotten one text message from him right after it in which he said that he would work hard to make me proud and the American people proud,” Collins said.
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Collins went on to explain that even if the “yes” vote cost her her Senate seat in the 2020 election, as Democrats may try to flip her seat, she doesn’t regret her decision.
“The easier vote politically, clearly, would have been for me to vote ‘no,'” Collins said. “But, that would not have been the right vote and I have to live with myself and I want to be able to look in the mirror in the morning and know that I did what I felt was right, no matter what the consequences may be.”
However, despite the chaos and recently when a Democrat senator admitted Democrats’ actions during the hearings was an “11th-hour attempt to gut a guy,” Justice Kavanaugh now sits on the highest U.S. court.