Maine Senator Susan Collins held a 40-minute speech on the Senate floor, and criticized the state of the Supreme Court nomination process. The Senator also ripped the mysterious “leaker” of Christine Blasey Ford’s identity. The Republican senator did not miss the chance to say she will stand by Judge Brett Kavanaugh in the process.
“To the leaker, who I hope is listening now, let me say that what you did was unconscionable. You have taken a survivor who was not only entitled to your respect but who also trusted you to protect her and you have sacrificed her well-being in a misguided attempt to win whatever political crusade you think you are fighting,” Collins addressed the unidentified leaker.
The Republican senator added that Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley of Iowa treated Kavanaugh’s accuser with due respect and deference throughout the entire process. Collins is aware of the “dysfunctional circus” in the Supreme Court that takes place every time a judge is about to be nominated. The leaker’s “callous act” is a clear example of how ridiculous these nominations have become.
.@SenatorCollins brilliant brilliant brilliant. Spot on analysis!
— Jeanine Pirro (@JudgeJeanine) October 5, 2018
The Republican affirmed her support for Kavanaugh in Saturday’s confirmation vote. Sens. Cindy Hyde Smith of Mississippi and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia were sitting right behind her.
Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski decided to oppose Judge Kavanaugh and West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin III announced he will vote “yes.” In other words, we will be witnessing a 51-49 vote.
We still do not know if Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) will vote as his daughter is getting married on Saturday. Without Daines, the nomination of Kavanaugh could still be set at 50-49.
This is one of the most scandalous nomination processes, and there is always someone to oppose nominees. This time it was Democrats, and they had to come up with Ford’s case to keep Kavanaugh away from the Supreme Court.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 5, 2018