Republican Senator Deb Fischer described Kavanaugh as "one of the most thoughtful, preeminent judges in our nation". "Only this time, instead of drunk college kids, it is US senators who are deliberately ignoring his behavior". "I admire her a lot", he said.
Friday morning began with uncertainty over whether Senate Republicans had the support necessary to push the nomination across the finish line, but the day ended with confirmation all but assured after Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell originally scheduled it for Saturday afternoon, but Republican Steve Daines has indicated he will attend his daughter's wedding tomorrow in Montana no matter what the Senate is doing. Senators often partner like that to allow an absence without affecting the outcome.
Shortly after the vote, Murkoswki made the bombshell announcement that she will not vote for Kavanaugh on Saturday.
Kavanaugh's confirmation would be a big victory for Trump just weeks before the November congressional elections - giving the court a 5 to 4 conservative majority for legal battles ahead - on abortion, immigration, and transgender rights. She was re-elected in 2016.
"Very proud of the U.S. Senate for voting "YES" to advance the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh!".
"My heart goes out to anyone who has experienced any type of sexual assault in their life".
Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, the Judiciary Committee's ranking Democrat, said she was disturbed by the allegations and Kavanaugh's subsequent appearance during an emotionally charged hearing last week.
"An FBI investigation that did not include interviews of Dr Ford and Judge Kavanaugh is not a meaningful investigation in any sense of the word", they said in a statement quoted in United States media.
"This has truly been the most hard evaluation of a decision that I have ever had to make, and I've made some interesting ones in my career", she said. "I found Christine Ford's testimony to be very heart-wrenching, painful and compelling".
A liberal group which raises money for Democratic candidates, Priorities USA, immediately said it would not be giving any funds to his re-election campaign. Flake originally said he would support the nominee.
He also asked the president to withdraw Kavanaugh's nomination and nominate someone else. In addition to her comments about Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford while in Egypt, Melania talked about Trump's outspoken tweets that often cause a lot of controversy. She called the appeals court judge eminently qualified, adding that his judicial philosophy is well within the mainstream.
Collins must perceive herself as being in a tough spot with this vote.
Gillibrand says women who've experienced sexual trauma are "tired of the same old scenario where the men are believed and the women are not". Democrats argue that Trump picked Kavanaugh, in part, because he is likely to vote to overturn that ruling.