Why Susan Collins voted "yes" on Brett Kavanaugh - 60 Minutes

Collins: I did what I thought was right

"In this case, it was obvious that people would be very angry with me no matter what I did".

Three weeks ago, Maine Republican Susan Collins was the darling of those opposing Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation.

Collins told Bash that while she found Ford's testimony "heart-wrenching", the fact that both Ford and Kavanaugh said they were "100 percent certain" of their statements meant that she had to look to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for additional corroborating evidence. The Bangor Daily News reported that the senator was greeted by protesters when she switched planes in Philadelphia while traveling from Washington, D.C.to ME on Saturday night following the final vote on Kavanaugh.

She said she believed that Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, was sexually assaulted, but that there was no corroboration that Kavanaugh was her assailant. "Nevertheless, the four witnesses she named could not corroborate any of the events of that evening gathering where she says the assault occurred; none of the individuals Professor Ford says were at the party has any recollection at all of that night".

He called Sen. Susan Collins' (R-Maine) Friday floor speech describing Kavanaugh's accomplishments and Democrats' obstruction "outstanding".

Kavanaugh's nomination, one of the most contentious in USA history, had roiled Washington and the US political scene for weeks, with Kavanaugh accused by a woman of sexually assaulting her when both were high school teenagers more than 30 years ago, allegations that in the end did not derail the appointment of the appellate court judge one level up to the high court.

Collins of ME said Ford's testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee was "heart-wrenching" but added that Kavanaugh also passionately denied her accusations.

"We've heard a lot of charges and countercharges about Judge Kavanaugh, but as those who have known him best have attested, he has been an exemplary public servant, judge, teacher, coach, husband and father", Collins said.

Susan Collins and her ilk knew the tactics they used to malign Anita Hill wouldn't work, so instead of calling Dr. Ford a liar, they all agreed to say she was a victim, but too dumb or hysterical to know who her perpetrator was.

As the Senate emptied Saturday, the tension of Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh's confirmation finally lessening, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), claiming the lawmaker has "betrayed women across this country".

She said Kavanaugh is the first of six Supreme Court nominees who expressed the importance of precedent. She called it "the most hard in the 22 years that I've been honored to represent the state of Maine in the Senate". "She didn't stop", Trump said.

Sweet said a big factor would be whether Collins, 65, decides to run at all.

When she finished her speech Sen.

"Senator Collins will be well-funded [too], I can assure you", McConnell said.

"[Witnesses who were interviewed] all said they have no recollection".

"I think she did a disservice to people in Maine who were counting on her".

Collins and her staff have said the aggressive tactics to sway her vote are a wasted effort.

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