Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), a crucial vote in the effort to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, said on Thursday that she is satisfied with the FBI’s expanded background check into allegations of sexual assault that have dominated the judge’s nomination process.
Collins told CNN‘s Jeremy Herb that the FBI report detailing its probe into the accusations “appears to be a very thorough investigation.”
Though Collins did not indicate which way she intends to vote, Herb called the pro-choice Republican’s remarks “hugely significant.”
Collins plans on reading the full report sometime today, however, the Senator appears to be convinced that the FBI conducted a fair and thorough investigation.
“I’m going to go back to personally read the interviews,” Collins said.
“She believes it has,” CNN’s Manu Raju added. “Now, what does that mean for her vote? We don’t have final answer on that yet.”
Collins’ assessment drew immediate backlash on social media as constituents promise to hold her accountable when she runs for reelection in 2020.
In August, voters in Maine launched a
Twitter isn’t letting Collins forget about it.
People are also blasting Collins for calling the FBI’s investigation “thorough” after reports show the Bureau was strongarmed by the White House into ignoring key witnesses and refusing to interview Kavanaugh or his first accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
Collins isn’t the only swing voting Senator eager to put the Kavanaugh matter to rest.
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