Susan Collins under fire after new Brett Kavanaugh allegations
Published 6:39 PM EDT Sep 16, 2019
WASHINGTON – One of Sen. Susan Collins’ prominent challengers is slamming the Maine Republican for her vote in 2018 to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh following a new sexual misconduct allegation against him that surfaced over the weekend.
Sara Gideon, speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, took to Twitter to criticize Collins’ decision last year and to fundraise following the new revelation. Collins, a Republican, is up for re-election in 2020.
“I’m tired of hoping that Susan Collins does the right thing when she has shown time and time again that she puts Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell ahead of Mainers,” Gideon wrote in a tweet.
The New York Times published an essay Saturday evening with new information about a prior claim of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh that also included evidence supporting a previously unreported claim.
Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied sexual misconduct and sexual assault allegations against him. President Donald Trump and a number of Republicans have come to Kavanaugh’s defense since the recent publication of the essay by the Times.
“Brett Kavanaugh should start suing people for libel, or the Justice Department should come to his rescue,” Trump wrote in a tweet Sunday. “The lies being told about him are unbelievable.”
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Since then, some Democrats have called for Kavanaugh to be impeached.
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Gideon, a Democrat, has repeatedly criticized Collins for voting to confirm Kavanaugh. Gideon is a part of a handful of challengers who announced they were going to run against Collins due to her decision to vote for Kavanaugh.
Ahead of Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote last year, Collins gave a nearly 45-minute speech on the Senate floor detailing why she decided to support his nomination to the Supreme Court. Prior to that, it was unclear whether Collins would support Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
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Several weeks ago, Collins said that she was that ‘sad’ that her vote for Kavanaugh may have cost her voters in next year’s election.
“Have I lost some votes because of my decision to support Justice Kavanaugh? Yes, I have,” she said in an interview with Politico. “And I’m sad about that because I explained in great depth my decision-making.”
Contributing: Nicholas Wu and Jeanine Santucci