Sen. Collins says she'll vote for Kavanaugh

Chris Miller
October 05, 2018 - 2:51 pm

Sipa USA


Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine says she will vote for Judge Brett Kavanaugh's U.S. Supreme Court nomination.

Collins decried the politics of the process, mentioning many opponents of Kavanaugh's nomination misrepresented his record and some even announced their opposition before Kavanaugh was even announced.

Collins also said that despite the "sincere, painful, and compelling" sexual assault allegations raised by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the principles of due process and presumption of innocence led her to side with the nominee, citing the lack of corroboration. 

Collins' support was considered crucial because she is one of two Republicans -- along with Alaska's Lisa Murkowski -- in the Senate who support abortion rights. 

Murkowski is strongly suggesting she will vote against Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.

She told reporters Friday it's time to think "about the credibility and integrity of our institutions."

Arizona Republican Jeff Flake said he will support Kavanaugh's nomination.

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