The fate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation rests with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, according to The Hill.
Kavanaugh’s confirmation came into jeopardy after he was accused of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford, who will testify publicly on Thursday. A fellow Yale University student later accused him of exposing himself to her while they were in college together.
Multiple members of the Senate, including Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., are waiting to see who Collins will believe, Kavanaugh or his accusers. Collins said on Monday that she is “eager for the hearing to take place on Thursday.”
“How could I decide before hearing the testimony of professor Ford?” She said on Showtime’s “The Circus,” in an interview taped last Friday.
Sources from both parties told The Hill that Kavanaugh won’t have a chance at getting confirmed if Collins believes Ford.
“We’re talking about a jury of one: Susan Collins,” said an unnamed senior Republican aide, who noted that Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Jeff Flake of Arizona won’t let “Collins get to the left of them, so she’s going to be the lodestar here.”
This aide added that there’s a “51 percent chance” that Collins will vote for Kavanaugh.
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