WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- With the nation watching, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) all but guarantees the country’s highest court will become more conservative by next week.
“Mr. President, I will vote to confirm judge Brett Kavanaugh,” she declared after explaining her underlying thought process for more than half-an-hour on the Senate floor.
A swing vote in the controversial debate over the president’s supreme court pick, Collins argued Kavanaugh is well-qualified as a judge, and criticized what she described as unfair attacks on his record and character.
She said she hopes Kavanaugh will join the court soon and bring the country together. “My fervent hope is that Brett Kavanaugh will work to lessen the divisions in the Supreme Court,” she said, “so that we have far fewer 5-4 decisions and so that public confidence in our judiciary and our highest court is restored))
Collins said she does believe that one Kavanaugh’s accusers -- Dr. Christine Blasey Ford -- was sexually assaulted. But, she said she concluded it’s likely Kavanaugh didn’t do it because no one else allegedly at that high school party in 1982 could back up Ford’s story.
A final vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation is expected Saturday afternoon. At this point, it appears he has the votes needed to join the court.