$1 million pledged against Collins if she backs Kavanaugh

$1 million pledged against Collins if she backs Kavanaugh

$1 million pledged against Collins if she backs Kavanaugh

In this case, that senator is Maine's Susan Collins, a centrist who is seen by many as something of a swing vote in highly partisan congressional fights, including the Kavanaugh nomination.

The spotlight on Collins and Sen.

Republicans now hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate and only 51 votes are required to confirm Kavanaugh.

Sen. Collins is one of the remaining GOP senators to back Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, came to Collins' defense on Wednesday, tweeting through his office account that "every Democrat should be condemning these antics in ME - attempting to bribe Senator Collins to vote against Judge Kavanaugh and threatening sexual violence against staffers if she votes for him is absolutely disgusting".

For what it's worth, one Democratic challenger and one Republican challenger have announced intentions to run against Collins in 2020.

King says he wouldn't expect Trump's nominee would have any more regard or decency, and he reminded Murkowski: "You're our senator, not Trump's". So far the group has raised $1.1 million from more than 40,000 pledges - and sparked plenty of debate.

Democrats have hammered Kavanaugh over a belief that he will weaken access to health care and abortion while undoing environmental regulation.

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"I made a awful mistake", Papadopoulos , 31, said in a statement to Judge Randolph Moss in the Washington, D.C., courtroom. The judge had planned a harsher sentence but said he was moved by Papadopolous' words of contrition.

Collins responded by calling the campaign an attempt to bribe her.

The website goes on to threaten that if she votes in favor of his nomination, "We will get you out of office".

"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. She contrasted that with the almost $2.8 million Collins' campaign received in her 2014 election from various political action committees.

After a meeting with Mr Kavanaugh last month, Senator Collins declared he assured her that he regarded Roe V Wade as a "settled" law.

"We won't let it stifle us". While other Democratic senators have been vocal in their opposition to Kavanaugh, Heitkamp met with him for about 75 minutes in August and issued an official statement saying she was weighing the decision carefully. At USA Today, Erin Kelly reports that Judiciary Committee "Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, released an agenda Monday with Kavanaugh's name at the top of a list of judicial nominees that the committee will consider Thursday", but that "Democrats are expected to use a committee rule to delay the vote until September 20 or 27". The stakes were on display throughout the confirmation hearings last week, with about 70 people arrested on the hearing's first day and charged with disorderly conduct.

Democrats accused Republicans of seeking to ram the confirmation through without a thorough vetting before the November midterm elections.

The campaign has clearly gotten the attention of Collins and her staff, prompting attacks from the senator as she prepares to cast a vote that could end her career.

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