Sen. Collins Unfazed by Leaked Kavanaugh Email on Roe v. Wade


Last week's combative Senate Judiciary Committee hearings over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh looked at times like a flash-forward to the racially infused politics that may increasingly consume the court, and the nation, through the 2020s.

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Kavanaugh explained the email was "referring to the views of legal scholars, and I think my comment in the email is that it might be overstating the position of the legal scholars, so it wasn't a technically accurate description in the letter of what legal scholars thought".

Brett Kavanaugh won nomination to the Supreme Court by being a longtime GOP operative and friend of the Federalist Society -a right-wing legal network that exists to ensure no Republican president ever nominates a judge who lacks fealty to conservative orthodoxy (especially, on abortion) ever again. "Patrick Leahy, research on the most intense fight we were having about the nomination which involved the legal precedents, the historical precedents for the memos that the Senate Democrats have requested", Graves continued.

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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In hopes of pressuring Collins to vote "no", pro-abortion activists have sent her an estimated 3,000 coat hanger since July, TIME reports.

"I've learned not to expect a "thank you", she said.

Along with Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, Senator Collins' vote could change the outcome of this critical legislation.

Harris tried to pin down Kavanaugh about a conversation she believed he had about the Mueller investigation with a lawyer at Kasowitz Benson Torres, the law firm founded by President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz.

Ads are being run in ME to put pressure on her to vote against Kavanaugh. A new petition encourages people to boycott ME businesses if Collins votes to confirm a Supreme Court justice prior to the new Congress taking office in 2019.

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Meanwhile, a television ad that aired over the weekend urged Collins to vote "yes" on Kavanaugh, touting the judge's qualifications.

Federal judges, including U.S. Supreme Court Justices, can be impeached and removed from the judiciary for committing perjury.

In Durham, Maine, Mindy Woerter said she traveled to Washington to meet Collins and tell her about an abortion she had because the fetus she was carrying had a fatal anomaly. "If she votes for him now, she won't just be breaking her word, she'll be responsible for gutting Roe".

If the Senate confirms Kavanaugh, which still appears likely despite sharpening Democratic questions about his honesty, he will cement a five-member majority of Republican-appointed justices. Collins said on Friday that was her interpretation of the email as well.

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