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

13 September, 2018, 04:36 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
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"I consider this quid pro quo fundraising to be the equivalent of an attempt to bribe me to vote against Judge Kavanaugh", Collins told Newsmax's David Patten.

"Senator Collins will make up her mind based on the merits of the nomination".

The spotlight on Collins and Sen. Castro: Hispanic community wants "infrastructure of opportunity" to exist for all Americans Booker on Kavanaugh documents fight: "Bring it" This week: Senate set to pass sweeping opioid package MORE (Texas), the second-ranking Republican in the Senate, tweeted that Collins had been subject to "false, nasty, vulgar, personal, uncivil verbal abuse".

Since 51 senators are Republican, both of these senators could join the Democrats and prevent Kavanaugh from being appointed to the Supreme Court for life.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) is being pressured by pro-choice advocates to vote against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. If not, they will donate the money to Collins's next Democratic challenger.

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In one voicemail released from Collins" office to NBC News, one caller said "If you care at all about women's choice, vote "no' on Kavanaugh". If she votes for the nomination, the donors' credit cards will be charged. Members of the group have met with Collins over the past 18 months on issues such as protecting the state's young immigrants known as Dreamers.

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. With him there would be a five-judge majority to overturn Roe v. Wade, either directly or by gutting the historic ruling.

Most senators' votes for or against Kavanaugh are foregone conclusions, but the Senate's two openly pro-abortion Republicans, Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, could potentially sink his nomination.

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

Ms. Collins has not yet revealed how she plans to vote, but had previously said she wouldn't back a nominee hostile towards women's reproductive rights. Making an endorsement contingent on a vote is not just kosher, it's a wide practice among all sorts of interest groups, as is threatening opposition over it. Making it explicitly about cash while the money is in hand, however, might cross a line.

Follayttar described the effort as a grassroots mobilization made up of smaller-dollar pledges. Raising money to campaign against Kavanaugh is certainly legal, as it is to campaign against Collins.

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