White House press secretary Sarah Sanders praised Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, after she announced her intent to support Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, saying the Maine senator was “doing the right thing.”
“Thank you @SenatorCollins for standing by your convictions and doing the right thing to confirm Judge Kavanaugh,” Sanders tweeted Friday.
Thank you @SenatorCollins for standing by your convictions and doing the right thing to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) October 5, 2018
Collins explained her decision to back Kavanaugh’s confirmation in a thorough and lengthy floor speech Friday, during which she discussed his 12-year record as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and addressed allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against Kavanaugh by Christine Blasey Ford.
“In evaluating any given claim of misconduct, we will be ill-served in the long run if we abandon the presumption of innocence and fairness, tempting though it may be,” Collins said.
While the Maine senator said she found Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week to be “sincere, painful and compelling,” the allegations ultimately did not meet the “more-likely-than not standard” Kavanaugh was owed.
“I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court,” she said.
After Collins completed her floor speech, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced he would vote to confirm Kavanaugh, breaking from his fellow Senate Democrats.
The Senate voted 51-49 to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination for a final vote Friday morning, and that vote is expected Saturday.