Maine Sen. Susan Collins gave an approximately 40-minute Senate floor speech in which she blasted the state of the Supreme Court nomination process, ripped the unidentified "leaker" of Christine Blasey Ford's identity and confirmed she will support Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Collins, a Republican, addressed the unknown leaker directly:

"To the leaker, who I hope is listening now, let me say that what you did was unconscionable," Collins said. "You have taken a survivor who was not only entitled to your respect but who also trusted you to protect her and you have sacrificed her well-being in a misguided attempt to win whatever political crusade you think you are fighting."

Collins also blasted claims that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) engineered the leak of Ford's name in a formerly anonymous accusation in July.

"She is a person of integrity and I stand by her," Collins said.

She added that Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley of Iowa treated Ford with due respect and deference throughout the process.


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Collins said she hoped the leaker's "callous act" has shone a light on the "dysfunctional circus" that Supreme Court nominations have become.

With fellow Republican Sens. Cindy Hyde Smith of Mississippi and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia seated behind her, Collins affirmed her support for Kavanaugh in Saturday's confirmation vote.

With Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski's decision to oppose Kavanaugh and West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin III's announcement he will vote 'yea', a 51-49 vote is expected to come to fruition.

However it is unclear whether Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) will be present to vote, as he is attending his daughter's wedding on Saturday. Without Daines, Kavanaugh's nomination could still pass 50-49.

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