Barrett confirmation hearing casts spotlight on Sen. Collins’ record on Trump judges

The confirmation hearing of Supreme Court Justice Nominee Amy Coney Barrett is casting a spotlight on Maine Sen. Susan Collins and her record supporting judicial nominees of President Trump.At a campaign stop in Pittsfield on Monday, Collis said she applies the same standards to judicial nominees regardless of who is president.”I have supported the same percentage of judges nominated by President Trump as I did for President Obama,” Collins said.Collins voted to confirm Obama’s two Supreme Court nominees: Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.Collins called attacks by Democrats and her opponent, Sara Gideon, on her confirming 181 of 191 Trump nominees “misleading.””What she doesn’t tell you about those 181 judges is that (Maine Senator) Angus King supported more than 100 of them.” King has supported 52% of Trump’s judicial nominees, compared to 95% for Collins.Particularly, Gideon takes issue with five appeals court judges she considers hostile to reproductive rights and the Affordable Care Act, including Judge Leonard Grasz from Nebraska.”He was confirmed even though the American Bar Association had said he was ‘unqualified’ to become a judge,” Gideon said on Oct. 8. “They also noted some of his comments he had made, for example, he said Roe versus Wade was a morally bankrupt decision.””I talked with him personally,” Collins said on Monday. “I met with both of Nebraska’s senators, and they explained that the ABA system in their state for this particular nominee, had not been a fair one.”Collins says she has not yet met Judge Barrett, but would be happy to do so. She still objects to the U.S. Senate rushing through the nomination and will vote “no” if forced to do so before Election Day.

The confirmation hearing of Supreme Court Justice Nominee Amy Coney Barrett is casting a spotlight on Maine Sen. Susan Collins and her record supporting judicial nominees of President Trump.

At a campaign stop in Pittsfield on Monday, Collis said she applies the same standards to judicial nominees regardless of who is president.

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“I have supported the same percentage of judges nominated by President Trump as I did for President Obama,” Collins said.

Collins voted to confirm Obama’s two Supreme Court nominees: Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

Collins called attacks by Democrats and her opponent, Sara Gideon, on her confirming 181 of 191 Trump nominees “misleading.”

“What she doesn’t tell you about those 181 judges is that (Maine Senator) Angus King supported more than 100 of them.”

King has supported 52% of Trump’s judicial nominees, compared to 95% for Collins.

Particularly, Gideon takes issue with five appeals court judges she considers hostile to reproductive rights and the Affordable Care Act, including Judge Leonard Grasz from Nebraska.

“He was confirmed even though the American Bar Association had said he was ‘unqualified’ to become a judge,” Gideon said on Oct. 8. “They also noted some of his comments he had made, for example, he said Roe versus Wade was a morally bankrupt decision.”

“I talked with him personally,” Collins said on Monday. “I met with both of Nebraska’s senators, and they explained that the ABA system in their state for this particular nominee, had not been a fair one.”

Collins says she has not yet met Judge Barrett, but would be happy to do so. She still objects to the U.S. Senate rushing through the nomination and will vote “no” if forced to do so before Election Day.