Collins to meet with Biden’s Supreme Court nominee Tuesday

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)
Greg Nash

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), a key swing vote, will meet with President Biden’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, on Tuesday.

Collins’s meeting, confirmed to The Hill by an aide, is a crucial sit-down for Jackson as Democrats hope to pick up GOP votes for her nomination.

Collins and Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) voted last year to confirm Jackson to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, considered the second-most important federal court in the U.S.

Collins said this week that she hadn’t yet made a decision on if she will support Jackson, whose nomination was announced last week. But she made clear that she needed to sit down with Jackson.

“I haven’t made a decision. It’s a different level obviously to go to the Supreme Court and it’s absolutely essential that I sit down with her and interview her,” Collins said. 

Democrats view Collins, who supported President Obama’s Supreme Court nominees, as an important vote.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) called Collins shortly after news broke that Justice Stephen Breyer intended to retire. And Collins told reporters last month that at that point she had spoken with Biden twice.

Tags Barack Obama Dick Durbin Joe Biden Ketanji Brown Jackson Lindsey Graham Lisa Murkowski Stephen Breyer Susan Collins

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