Collins Says Kavanaugh Is Unlikely to Favor Overturning Roe

Dini Merz of Mainers for Accountable Leadership presents the letter to a Collins staff person at the office in Downtown Portland

On Sunday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, called for a delay in nomination hearings after another woman accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

Roche, who declined media interviews, said he he did not witness the 1983 act in question: When Debbie Ramiez said Kavanaugh was standing next to her, laughing, pulling up his trousers, after putting his penis in her face, the New Yorker reported on Sunday.

In a September 21 open letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Yale Law School faculty stated in part that "the confirmation process must always be conducted, and appointments made, in a manner that gives Americans reason to trust the Supreme Court". This is a smear, plain and simple.

Students at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's alma mater, Yale University, don't seem to be too pleased that one of their school's graduates is now vying for a seat on the nation's most powerful court.

Kavanaugh was talking about Christine Blasey Ford, the college professor who said Kavanaugh held her down and groped her during a high school party in the 1980s.

The protesters wore black "Be A Hero" shirts and sat outside Collins' office chanting various slogans, including "we will not be silenced", one day after more accusations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh surfaced. He has denied the allegations.

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Cornelia Walworth and Leslie Kaynor Credit Nora Flaherty Maine Public

Their support for an investigation came as Yale Law professor Akhil Amar - who taught Kavanaugh and testified on his behalf before the committee this month - also called for a probe into what he described as "serious accusations" from the women.

"I would think an FBI investigation would be warranted", Ramirez is quoted as saying in The New Yorker.

Yale Law School said in a statement that it could not confirm or deny an investigation but that - in cases when a member of the faculty is under review - all options are left on the table.

About 300 students participated in the protests on campus, and 115 others traveled to Washington to demonstrate, said John Gonzalez, a second-year law student who said the protests included the majority of the student body of about 600. She alleges that during a drinking game in college Kavanaugh and his group of friends plied her with alcohol before taunting the devout Catholic woman with a plastic penis. But Yale Law School spokeswoman Janet Conroy told the Yale Daily News the press release was not an endorsement of the nomination.

The attorney said Ramirez spent the six days working to make sure all the information she put forward was accurate.

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