Susan Collins: 'I do not believe' Kavanaugh was Ford's assailant

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Rice is weighing whether to try to unseat Republican Sen. The would-be candidates include Susan Rice, who had been one of President Barack Obama's closest aides. "The people of ME have been clear with you, Senator Collins: the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court Justice is a threat to all Mainers".

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. It was very unfair to the judge, and now I can very nicely say, Justice Kavanaugh.

The FBI conducted a supplemental investigation into Kavanaugh's background but found no one who could corroborate her account. In this case it was obvious there were going to be people very angry at me no matter what I did.

"As I watch numerous Senators speak and vote on the floor of the Senate I feel like I'm right back at Yale where half the room is laughing and looking the other way".

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Collins told the Senate: 'To my knowledge, Judge Kavanaugh is the first Supreme Court nominee to express the view that precedent is not only a practice and a tradition, but rooted in Article 3 of our constitution itself'.

"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.

"I do not believe that Brett Kavanaugh was her assailant", the Maine Republican told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union" in an interview slated to air on Sunday.

Seacoastonline.com reported in 2015 that Rice has ties to Maine.

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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. "The last 20 so years I've been a home owner in the state of Maine, so it's not completely insane", she said.

Still, Collins and her offices have been given enhanced security for the "foreseeable future", according to the senator's communications director, Annie Clark. "My intent is not to hurt the fishermen, it's to have them vote her out of office".

Dr. Blasey Ford giving her testimony, speaking truth to power, was an inspiration for so many of us.

Rice, who also served as the USA ambassador to the United Nations under Obama, said she appreciated the enthusiasm about her potential run, but said people who are angry about Kavanaugh should focus on the midterm elections. She spoke clearly and precisely about her experiences with trauma, educating the committee and the rest of us about the way certain memories are encoded in the hippocampus when we experience traumatic events, while others fade away.

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L.L. Bean, the national clothing retailer, based in ME, didn't comment on the news of a planned boycott.

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