Collins: ‘I do not believe that Brett Kavanaugh was’ Ford’s assailant



Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has railed against Kavanaugh's critics, said he was "proud" of his colleagues and predicted a bright future for his party.

"It's a good day for America and an important day for the Senate", McConnell said, adding the division throughout this process was something the Senate and country would move past.

"We'll see if there is a vacancy in 2020", he said.

Protesters rallied against Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday as the Senate voted to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court.

Some Democrats have already mentioned investigating Kavanaugh if they regain control of the House. "That's about to change".

Kavanaugh continues to deny the sexual assault and misconduct allegations and was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice on Saturday.

The whole episode was reminiscent of Clarence Thomas's Supreme Court nomination 27 years ago. "Everyone knows when you just interview a small number of people and not the dozens of others who wanted to be interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, it's a sham". "We always do", the majority leader said.

Rice has a home in ME, a source said, and her family has ties to the state: Her mother, an education policy expert who was instrumental in the creation of the Pell Grant, was born there.

The Democrats are still smarting from the previous Supreme Court appointment.

During her remarks, Ford addressed her hesitation to come forward, saying she was not in front of lawmakers "because I want to be". "I thought to myself, 'This is a bad time to be named Brett Kavanagh". "All of us have been hearing stories and accounts from survivors going back many, many years where they kept all these painful, traumatic accounts to themselves". In the 2nd Congressional District, which includes western Wilson County, Republican U.S. Rep. George Holding had not released a statement as of 5:30 p.m.

Trump, last week in MS, attacked Ford's story at length - drawing laughs from the crowd.

"I don't know the guy", Kavanagh said. But I had one beer. She said it is an attack on women's rights and so much more. "Unfortunately, nothing in Judge Kavanaugh's record or past have shown he will be such a justice". 'I don't remember.' How did you get there?

"I have no doubt", Trump said, telling reporters that he had chosen Kavanaugh, in part, because "there's nobody with a squeaky-clean past like Brett Kavanaugh".

At the White House on Sunday, Trump lauded Collins' hard work and "impassioned" speech on the Senate floor Friday announcing how she would vote.

The accusations against Kavanaugh energized the #MeToo social media movement that emerged after high-profile accusations of sexual assault and harassment by men in politics, the media and the entertainment industry.

She acknowledged the anguish of the protesters who interrupted the historic Senate vote, telling reporters afterward that "I was closing my eyes and praying".

However he says he doesn't really have an opinion on Kavanaugh who was confirmed onto the Supreme Court on Saturday.

Democrats are running for re-election in states that Republican President Donald Trump won in 2016.

One of them was Sen. "And literally the first reactions is 'Wait, what did you just say.' I have to stop and explain it's been a insane couple of weeks".

She demurred, but then added: "I'm focused like a laser beam on the elections", predicting angry voters would "go to the polls and vote differently". Susan Collins' comments on Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, calling them "insulting".

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