When Donald Trump was elected, many Liberals placed their hopes in Susan Collins. The Maine senator is one of the more left-leaning lawmakers in the country. At times, like with the attempt to repeal Obamacare, she did the right thing.
But despite being pro-choice, Collins was willing to push through anti-abortion justices. The Maine lawmaker says that multiple justices broke their promises. CNN legal expert Jeffrey Toobin isn’t buying her story.
Toobin told Jim Acosta, “You know, the — it’s hard to know where to start. Susan Collins is nominally an Independent Republican, but who does what Mitch McConnell wants when he needs her. She voted against Amy Coney Barrett because Mitch McConnell didn’t need her vote. But he really needed her vote on Brett Kavanaugh. So, I don’t know if Susan Collins was really believing Brett Kavanaugh or she was just giving herself a fig leaf to do Mitch McConnell’s bidding, as she frequently does in tight circumstances.”
The legal expert continued:
“As for the justices themselves, you know, they were playing a game to get on the Supreme Court. All three of them are lawyers. So, if you parse their words carefully, the way lawyers know how to speak, they did not explicitly promise to uphold Roe v. Wade. They left the impression they would uphold Roe v. Wade, which was enough for Susan Collins. This was a game they were playing, but those of us who studied the reports of Amy Coney Barrett, Neil Gorsuch, the Biden campaign, knew this day was coming. And Susan Collins had to know it too because anyone with any sense had to know it was coming. But it did and here we are.”
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