Then-National Security Adviser Susan Rice follows then-President Barack Obama across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, to board Marine One, July 7, 2016.
However, Rice didn't say she wouldn't run for a Maine Senate seat. Rice is weighing whether to try to unseat Republican Sen. "I am going to cast my vote - as I have done on all of the other Supreme Court nominees that I've been called upon to consider - based on his qualifications, his character and integrity, judicial temperament, his record, and his respect for the rule of law and fidelity to the Constitution". Susan Collins of ME isn't up for re-election until 2020, but critics vowed today she'll pay a political price for voting for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Collins' wholehearted embrace of these vapid GOP talking points is emblematic of her entire justification for supporting Kavanaugh, which basically consisted of her closing her eyes and plugging her ears to information that would prove inconvenient to the creation of a conservative Supreme Court majority. "But we also had a case where Judge Kavanaugh came forward and said, 'I'm 100 percent certain that this did not happen, ' so here you have two people who are each 100 percent certain of what they're saying under pain of perjury".
Another woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct during his time at Yale, Deborah Ramirez, said in a statement Saturday that the senators discussing the impending vote brought her back to the moment of the alleged misconduct.
As what might be considered the first truly "illegitimate justice" on the Court, Fallon continued, Kavanaugh's confirmation "will mark a point of no return for the Supreme Court's reputation as the one, apolitical branch" of the USA government.
"It's certainly been a hard situation - the most hard in the 22 years I've been honored to represent the state of Maine in the United States Senate", Collins said shortly after the vote on the Senate floor.
The FBI interviewed nine people and reached out to ten, speaking to people including those identified by Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her decades ago. 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.
Rice also said her family "goes back generations" in ME and that she's owned a home in the state for the last 20 years. "I hope you can let her know". Collins, meanwhile, insisted she "will not be intimidated". She said that she and her family had been subject to harassment and death threats, and that she had been "called the most vile and hateful names imaginable".
People angry over her vote have vowed to make her pay a political price.
"She said that Dr. Ford thinks that she was assaulted, which is even more insulting than saying that she gave a very credible account".
"It is a very scary thing", she said.
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