Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) is now sharing how her family received threats during Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process and how she’s finally feeling a sense of security and relief.
Collins received security from law enforcement in the lead-up to the swing vote senator’s decision to cast her vote to confirm Kavanaugh.
The senator thanked the efforts of law enforcement in keeping her safe. Collins noted that a New York individual had targeted her with threats. It was the same individual who was arrested for threatening Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the Washington Examiner reported.
“I do feel more safe at this point,” Collins told the Examiner.
Collins was considered a swing vote during the confirmation hearings for Kavanaugh, which also included sexual misconduct accusations made against him. Dozens of protestors flooded her office, begging her not to rush the nomination proceedings.
Others who had protestors flock their offices included Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), and Grassley.
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There were many protestors gathering in different parts of the U.S., especially in Washington, D.C., who were advocating for or against Kavanaugh.
Capitol police officers arrested hundreds of people during that time — including comedian Amy Schumer, who practically volunteered herself for arrest.
Collins shared one particular instance in which a man waited outside her Washington, D.C., townhouse late at night less than a week before Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
“I was [nervous] for a while, but I’m not now. I’m not,” Collins told the Examiner. She added:
“It’s interesting, I think it was partially the night that I came home late — I’d worked late til 9:30pm, and there was a man who had been waiting for me at my townhouse in the rain in the dark for hours. And that, I will tell you, really scared me.”
She then received security in Washington, D.C., after that incident.
“After that, and going through being protected to and from work, I just — I don’t know. I guess I came to grips with that,” Collins said.
Collins shared an “unnerving” threat when someone mailed an envelope that claimed to contain ricin to her family a week after the vote. Capitol police protection had been dropped at that time.
“But now, the assessment is that I’m fine,” Collins added.
Collins called the FBI investigation on the accusations made against Kavanaugh “very thorough.”
“I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh,” the senator said, announcing her support for Kavanaugh. “The allegations fail to meet the ‘more likely than not’ standard.”
Despite all of the controversy, Kavanaugh was sworn in as the 114th Supreme Court justice the same day that the U.S. Senate voted 50-48 to confirm him.
“It’s been very interesting,” Collins said. “Despite the fact that I’ve had seven weeks of protests at my personal home on Sundays, when I’m out and about and talking to people the reaction has been, for the most part, overwhelmingly positive.”