Angus King says he’ll vote against Trump high court pick Kavanaugh

Rosemary Collier
September 13, 2018

The move was widely expected.

Judiciary Committee Democrats repeatedly pressed Kavanaugh on abortion rights, gay rights, health care, executive authority and the ongoing Russian Federation probe last week, but the often-contentious exchanges did not spur a critical group of centrist Democrats to commit to voting for or against the nominee.

The ads will appear online and on TV starting Wednesday, featuring ME women expressing concern about Collins's potential vote for Kavanaugh. He added the nomination was rushed through to judgement in a "highly partisan and unfortunately failed way".

Kavanaugh, a conservative federal appeals court judge nominated by Trump to the lifetime position on the high court, made no major missteps in two days of questioning by senators during his confirmation hearing last week.

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If Collins decides to vote no on Kavanaugh's confirmation, none of the 36,313 pledges will be charged to the credit or debit cards used to donate to the cause, and all of the money will be returned to the accounts who donated. Collins' office has received 3,000 coat hangers as well as an onslaught of calls, some of which have been vulgar or abusive.

The White House prognosticated that the release of these questions was one more step in a successful confirmation process.

Democrats have tried to adjourn the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing to consider Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but Republicans have rejected the motion. That can't happen. The organizers of the Kavanaugh opposition should denounce those tactics and make sure that the people they work with understand that threatening violence is a crime. However, the emails themselves don't detail how the information was obtained. Susan Collins, R-Me., if Collins votes for Kavanaugh's confirmation "could be backfiring".

So, it's surprising to see Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) said Wednesday evening. "It still seems like they're saying if you don't do what we want we will spend $1 million and that strikes me as just as much as an inducement as saying we'll give you $1 million if you do what we want". Murkowski is a moderate Republican whose support would likely be needed for Kavanaugh to win confirmation. "They're talking about whether or not you can have health care, pre-existing conditions-these are things that can lead people to die".

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"Sen. Booker, in an absurd invocation of 'Spartacus, ' explicitly invited his expulsion from the Senate in his egregious violation of the rules and contempt for the rule of law and the Constitution", Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said in a statement, Townhall reported.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) took to Twitter to call on Democrats to condemn "attempts to bribe" Sen. "It's unnecessary and dilatory, especially when many have already chose to vote against Judge Kavanaugh", Grassley said in a statement.

Senator Collins ran for Congress on a platform of being both pro-choice and someone who would prioritise the needs of her constituents over her party.

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