Senate Judiciary Committee delays vote on Brett Kavanaugh confirmation

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The idea is that people can donate now, before the outrage over Kavanaugh inevitably fades into a memory, and if Collins votes against his confirmation, everyone's money is refunded. Both Collins and Murkowski voted to confirm Gorsuch but have given noncommittal statements about Kavanaugh. They have set up a fundraising website to support Collins' still-undetermined opponent in the 2020 election - assuming that Collins votes to confirm Kavanaugh and plans to run for re-election.

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Collins objects to the "Be a Hero" campaign started by Ady Barkanz, a national health care activist with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and local advocacy groups Maine People's Alliance and Mainers for Accountable Leadership. But amidst the attention it was receiving were signs that its efforts could be backfiring.

"The federal law prohibits anyone from offering a member of Congress anything of value in exchange for a Member's vote", Mitchell told Newsmax.

Bribery will not work on Senator Collins.

And NBC's Kasie Hunt told "Morning Joe" Wednesday that Collins "had one 25-year-old female staffer have somebody walk up to them and say that they hope that she is raped and impregnated. Threats or other attempts to bully her will not play a factor in her decision making whatsoever".

"If confirmed, I would respect the law of precedent given its centrality to stability, predictability, impartiality, and public confidence in the rule of law", he said in his response. "I think in all fairness and decency, you want to give him a chance to explain".

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"It seems kind of icky but it doesn't rise to the level of bribery because there's no agreement, " Jordan Libowitz, a spokesman for the Citizens for Ethics and Responsibilities. The White House said Kavanaugh was just buying baseball tickets, but "who spends that much money on baseball tickets?"

The two activist groups did not respond to a request for comment.

The tone of the listing was alternately threatening and encouraging.

Hatch wrote in a tweet that "Every Democrat should be condemning these antics in ME - attempting to bribe Senator Collins to vote against Judge Kavanaugh and threatening sexual violence against staffers if she votes for him is absolutely disgusting". "We will get you out of office".

The first step in Kavanaugh's confirmation is highly expected to pass out of committee on a straight party-line vote.

Collins has a reputation as a centrist though she is a mostly reliable Republican voter.

Kavanaugh's nomination is likely to receive a favorable vote from all 11 Republicans on the panel, however, despite raucous confirmation hearings last week in which Democrats attempted to postpone the proceedings because of insufficient documents from Kavanaugh's time as a George W. Bush administration official. With him there would be a five-judge majority to overturn Roe v. Wade, either directly or by gutting the historic ruling.

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