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Susan Collins Just Cemented Her Place In The Wrong Side Of History

The fix is in, folks. Republicans are engaged in a blatant cover-up in order to get Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) appears to be part of the fix.

Despite admitting to CNN she still has not read the full report, Sen. Collins —who remains a potentially crucial swing vote in the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh— emerged from a briefing on Thursday morning and said a report by the FBI on the allegations against the nominee appeared to her the result of a “very thorough investigation.”

Collins’ comments were met with immediate incredulity, especially as the scope of the probe has now been established as objectively limited in scope given that neither Dr. Christine Blasey Ford nor Kavanaugh himself were interviewed by agents.

Of those who understand the underlying reality of her entire political career—one in which she only takes a principled stance against her party when its clear the Republicans can afford to lose her vote—few were surprised by Collins’ indication that she is moving towards a vote to confirm.

As noted by Josh Marshall, editor and publisher of Talking Points Memo, Collins’ reaction only confirms what many believed was true from that start: that the FBI probe—constrained from the start by Republicans in the Senate and the White House—was nothing but an orchestrated “whitewash” to give fence-sitting lawmakers the cover they needed to ultimately vote “yes” on Kavanaugh.

Here are some of the responses to Collins’ remarks.

On Friday, Collins said that she will support Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, clinching the votes he needs to be confirmed.

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