George H.W. Bush salutes Collins after speech supporting Kavanaugh

George H.W. Bush salutes Collins after speech supporting Kavanaugh
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Former President George H.W. Bush praised Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate GOP poised to go 'nuclear' on Trump picks Overnight Health Care: CDC pushes for expanding HIV testing, treatment | Dem group launches ads attacking Trump on Medicare, Medicaid cuts | Hospitals, insurers spar over surprise bills | O'Rourke under pressure from left on Medicare for all Dem group launches ads attacking Trump's 'hypocrisy on Medicare and Medicaid cuts' MORE (R-Maine) on Friday after she delivered a roughly 45-minute speech on the Senate floor in support of Brett Kavanaugh, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral MORE's nominee to the Supreme Court.

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Bush saluted Collins's "political courage and class" after the key GOP senator told her colleagues that allegations of sexual assault levied at Kavanaugh by three women did not rise to the standard of evidence needed for her to vote against the nominee.

".@SenatorCollins — political courage and class. I salute my wonderful friend and her principled leadership," the former president tweeted.

Collins, one of three primary Republican senators Democrats tried to pressure to vote against Trump's pick, announced her decision in the lengthy speech Friday shortly after Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiRed dresses displayed around American Indian museum to memorialize missing, murdered native women Juan Williams: Don't rule out impeaching Trump The 25 Republicans who defied Trump on emergency declaration MORE (R-Alaska) voted against ending debate on his nomination.

Moments after Collins announced her decision, Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinManchin says he won't support LGBTQ protection bill as written Senators offer bipartisan bill to fix 'retail glitch' in GOP tax law Murkowski, Manchin call for 'responsible solutions' to climate change MORE (D-W.Va.) said he would also support Kavanaugh. With those senators on board, Kavanaugh has enough votes to be confirmed by the Senate, with a final confirmation vote slated for Saturday.

The vote comes after weeks of controversy surrounding allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh that threw his nomination into question. Christine Blasey Ford and two other women accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct from his days in high school and college in the 1980s, claims he has forcefully denied.

The controversy brought parallels to the 1991 confirmation process for Justice Clarence Thomas, an appointee of Bush, who faced allegations of sexual harassment from Anita Hill before ultimately being confirmed to the Supreme Court.

Hill offered her own statement last month amid the allegations facing Kavanaugh, stating that the Judiciary panel should establish a better way of dealing with accusations of sexual misconduct surrounding judicial nominees.