Samuel A. Alito

Sen. Susan Collins says Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sees Roe v. Wade as 'settled law'

A Republican senator whose vote could ensure the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh offered an upbeat assessment of their meeting Tuesday, highlighting the judge's statement that the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion is "settled law."

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, a centrist who supports abortion rights, appeared to be leaning toward backing President Donald Trump's nominee after a one-on-one session that lasted more than two hours. Collins said she would announce her decision after confirmation hearings next month.

Collins said Kavanaugh told her that he agreed with Chief Justice John Roberts, who said during his 2005 confirmation hearing...