The Senate voted largely along party lines Saturday to narrowly confirm U.S. President Donald Trump's pick to America's top court, cementing a conservative majority on the bench for the foreseeable future. We are concerned that, as a new Supreme Court justice, Judge Kavanaugh will exhibit the same extreme partisanship and lack of veracity and judicial temperament that we have all witnessed in recent days.
"I'm heartened today", she added. "Women will not forget this".
After her testimony, Trump agreed to let the FBI investigate Ford's claims, but only for a week.
About 100 anti-Kavanaugh protesters climbed the Capitol's East Steps as the vote approached, pumping fists and waving signs.
The addition of Kavanaugh stands to reshape drastically the jurisprudence of many, if not all, of those issues. Collins and Murkowski have also proven themselves to be more moderate than many other Republican senators; they voted against repealing the Affordable Care Act in July 2017.
Kavanaugh defended his actions, citing his previous 12 years as a District Court Judge in an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal Friday.
Just hours before the vote, scores of protesters broke through barricades and staged a raucous sit-in protest on the US Capitol steps, just feet away from the imposing doors to the Rotunda.
Mr McConnell said at a press conference that putting Mr Kavanaugh on the court "was about treating someone fairly".
In a much anticipated speech on the Senate floor Friday afternoon, Collins said that she believed that Ford was a survivor of sexual assault. In response to the allegations, the Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school. Joe Manchin of West Virginia is the only Democrat expected to vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation. Sen.
He invited reporters to join him as the votes were tallied. Mitchell, a woman, questioned both Ford and Kavanaugh, though individual senators also asked their own questions.
A much larger crowd of protesters is watching the demonstration from behind a barricade.
"We must always remember that it is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy", said Collins, perhaps the chamber's most moderate Republican.
Immediately after that speech, Manchin announced his support, calling Kavanaugh a "qualified jurist" who "will not allow the partisan nature this process took to follow him onto the court". Flake last Friday. Democrats had been demanding such an investigation into the assault claims, but criticized this one as not being thorough enough even before it had finished earlier this week.
Democrats knew they would be in the minority going into Saturday's vote, but that didn't stop them from continuing another fight, a fight that will end exactly a month after the Kavanaugh confirmation.
Democrats say Mr Kavanaugh will push the court too far, including possible sympathetic rulings for President Trump should he encounter legal problems from the special counsel's investigations into Russian connections with his 2016 presidential campaign.
Senate Judiciary Republicans voted down repeated efforts by Democrats to gain access to those records, which included details about Kavanaugh's time working on torture and detention policy in the Bush White House, as well as his time clerking for Judge Alex Kozinski, who retired from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in disgrace following a series of sexual misconduct allegations.
They also fear he will argue that a sitting president can not be indicted if prosecutors investigating Mr Trump's campaign ties to Russian Federation attempt to pursue him in court.