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Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, departs after the confirmation vote of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh today. Instead, she writes that it is about "recognizing that the simple act of speaking one's truth, especially when that truth involves sexual assault, is an act of bravery".

"We're taking back Maine's Senate seat, and claiming it for someone who knows how to listen to her constituents", tweeted Mainers for Accountable Leadership, which organized protests at Collins' office. "I'm not certain when".

"By awarding Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as a distinguished alumna, UNC Chapel Hill sends a message to her, to our students, faculty, and staff, and to the larger community of the USA and the world that we believe her-that UNC Chapel Hill believes survivors of sexual assault-and that we recognize the inordinate courage it took for her to take the moral and ethical stand that she did in testifying about her sexual assault experience in front of the world", Hu writes.

The declaration seemed to buoy Trump in the face of Kavanaugh's challenge, though the president was apparently not impressed by Kavanaugh's flat performance denying sexual assault allegations on Fox News.

Collins reviewed the results of the investigation, which included testimony from 10 different witnesses but not from Ford or Kavanaugh, on Friday. Although her decision was met with shouts of "no" and "shame, shame, shame" by protestors in the Senate gallery, in an interview with 60 Minutes' Scott Pelley, Collins said she is "very comfortable" with her decision. However, Collins maintained that "we have a presumption of innocence in this country" and given the lack of evidence she saw that could corroborate the allegation she "could not conclude that Brett Kavanaugh" was Ford's assailant.

Collins of ME said Ford's testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee was "heart-wrenching" but added that Kavanaugh also passionately denied her accusations.

"I think she did a disservice to people in Maine who were counting on her", Rice said.

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"So then I had to look at the other evidence, and was there corroborating evidence, and that's why I pushed hard for the FBI to do a supplemental background investigation", she continued. In the weeks leading up to the vote, opponents of Kavanaugh staged protests in ME created to influence the senator's decision, including at her offices in Portland and Bangor, and outside her home in Bangor.

"I thought that Susan was incredible yesterday". She is widely published, works as a research consultant, and teaches at Palo Alto University.

For comparison on that dollar amount, Collins' campaign spent $5.5 million when she ran in 2014 and won by 68 percent. "I don't believe that the facts show it was Brett Kavanaugh", Sen. She said she'd give a possible Senate bid "due consideration after the midterms". "And that was from the heart, that was from the heart". Susan Collins said on the Senate floor.

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"We need someone who's more transparent and more willing to actually meet and listen to the people of ME", said Sweet, who acknowledged that she's also considering a run.

Later on Sunday morning, she told ABC's Jonathan Karl, host of "This Week", that she had already decided on her no vote on Kavanaugh prior to his testimony.

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