As Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) continues to defend embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a prominent conservative is suggesting that requiring an FBI investigation of multiple claims of sexual assault before a vote.
Writing in The Washington Post, Jennifer Rubin noted, "seems bound and determined to confirm Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh despite ample grounds for believing he will curtail if not undo existing constitutional protection for women seeking abortions."
Last week, Sen. Collins claimed on Showtime's "The Circus" that, "I do not believe he's going to repeal Roe v. Wade."
"The allegations of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh from two women, however, pose a new, knotty problem for Collins. She has said both Deborah Ramirez and Christine Blasey Ford should have the chance to tell their accounts, yet she has not demanded the most elementary steps if the goal is to find out the truth. So far, she has not insisted on an FBI investigation," she reported.
"That said, if he doesn’t have the wisdom to pull back, get a full vetting and create some grounds for consensus, Collins can force him to do so by insisting on a full investigation," she noted. "Surely, she can muster the courage to do just that – and save herself wrath from one side or the other, right?"
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