"The leader’s not real happy with me,” Collins said, adding that she even reread the Constitution to make sure she was remembering it correctly.
“I knew there was no limit on when during a president’s term he appoints nominees to the court, but I wanted to make sure I really understood the exact wording,” she said.
While Collins says she understands why a majority of her colleagues are opposed to holding hearings to consider Garland, she disagrees with their logic.
“The president, whether Republicans like him or not, is our president until next January, until Inauguration Day, and it just seemed to me that there was no basis for saying that no matter who the president nominates, we were not going to consider that individual,” she said. “I don’t know how exactly this decision was made.”