President Trump said Friday that he was persuading Republican Sen. Susan Collins to vote in favor of Supreme Court nominee Amy Connie Barrett, “not worth the job,” noting that the Maine senator had not supported him on other issues in the past.
“There is a nasty rumor that @SenatorCollins of Maine will not support our great nominee for the United States Supreme Court,” Twitter wrote on Friday. “Well, she didn’t support healthcare or my opening of 5,000 square miles of ocean to Maine, so why should it be any different.”
He added: “It’s not worth the job!”
“This is not a comment on her, but a comment on the process of accelerating the selection of the candidacy so shortly before the presidential election,” Collins said.
Collins, 67, who has served in the Senate since 1997, is among a handful of Republican senators who occasionally tend to break with her party.
Her crucial vote to confirm Judge Brett Cavanaugh before the Supreme Court in 2018 angered many progressive women across the country who opposed his nomination on charges of sexual violence. Many of the Mainers are determined to release her.
Collins is scheduled for re-election on November 3 and is in a tough battle, with polls showing her opponent, Maine House spokeswoman Sarah Gideon, in the lead.
Senator Lisa Murkowski, meanwhile, R-Ak., Did not disclose how she would vote, although she had previously said she would not “support” the Senate to take on a potential Supreme Court candidate before the election.
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Collins and Murkowski, as well as Senate Democrats, opposed confirmation, which is so close to an election, citing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s refusal to consider Barack Obama’s 2016 presidential candidate, Merrick Garland.
McConnell, R-Ky., Said the current situation is different because the White House and the Senate are not held by opposing parties.
Republicans, however, appear to have the votes to move forward and reaffirm Barrett. Republicans have 53 votes in the Senate and can therefore afford three concessions if no Democrat votes for the nominee. In that case, Vice President Mike Pence will be called in to end the tie.
On Wednesday, Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney said he would vote to bring Barrett to the Supreme Court after being the lone Republican who voted to convict President Trump during impeachment hearings.
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“After meeting with Judge Barrett and carefully reviewing the record and her testimony, I intend to vote in favor of her confirmation before the Supreme Court,” Romney said in a statement issued Thursday. make it clear that she is extremely well qualified to serve as our next Supreme Court. ”
He added: “I am convinced that it will apply the law and our constitution faithfully, impartially and regardless of political preferences.”