Senate Republicans say security heightened amid Supreme Court debate

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Senate Republicans say security concerns for their members are at a heightened level since President Trump, along with the GOP majority, agreed the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat should be filled before the election.

During Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing two years ago, GOP senators and their families faced threats, including Maine Sen. Susan Collins, who dealt with a letter in the mail purporting to contain ricin, rape threats to young staffers in her Washington, D.C., office, and late-night stalkers.

There is no longer as much pressure on Collins from either side of the aisle to vote for or against Trump’s nominee, federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who has enough votes to be confirmed. But security is still a concern