"I welcomed the opportunity to talk with
Kavanaugh, nominated to replace the retiring Justice
Earlier in the day, the federal appellate judge met with
From the meeting, Collins touched on the reproductive rights issue that had been the source of her hesitation, announcing that Kavanaugh had assured her of his belief that Roe v. Wade was "settled law."
Collins said she would wait until after the confirmation hearings to announce which way she would vote. The hearings begin
Senate Minority Leader
"Let's be clear: This is not as simple as
Other Democratic senators -- including
The McCaskill session bore watching because she voted against Gorsuch and faces a re-election fight in a pro-Trump state with a Republican,
In her announcement that the meeting had taken place, McCaskill noted that she had voted in support of more than two-thirds of Trump's judicial nominations since he took office.
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