There was huge relief at the White House where Trump watched a vote that takes him one final step closer to becoming the Republican president who enshrined a conservative majority on the Supreme Court - an achievement that will elevate him in history.
First lady Melania Trump weighed in publicly for the first time on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh since sexual assault allegations were made against him, saying he is "highly qualified".
After Ford's allegations, Democrats and their allies became engaged as seldom before, though there were obvious echoes of Thomas' combative confirmation over the sexual harassment accusations of Anita Hill, who worked for him at two federal agencies.
Collins, perhaps the chamber's most moderate Republican, proclaimed her support for Kavanaugh at the end of a floor speech that lasted almost 45 minutes.
In a signed declaration, he shared an account of two interactions he had with Ford in which she spoke about Kavanaugh's alleged sexual assault years before he was nominated to the Supreme Court.
Daines, a Montana Republican who has supported Kavanaugh's nomination, has been scheduled to attend his daughter's wedding on Saturday for months and made it clear he wouldn't be skipping the ceremony.
Trump also said women, far from being outraged at Kavanaugh, "were outraged at what happened to Brett Kavanaugh, outraged".
Swetnick alleges she witnessed efforts by Kavanaugh and his classmate Mark Judge to get teenage girls "inebriated and disoriented so they could then be "gang-raped" in a side room or bedroom by a "train" of numerous boys".
Republican Jeff Flake of Arizona and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia - also saying they'll vote yes, giving Kavanaugh the 51 votes he needs to be confirmed. She said on the Senate floor Friday evening that Kavanaugh is "a good man" but his "appearance of impropriety has become unavoidable".
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said that she opposes Kavanaugh because of his temperament.
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The steps are restricted area, and police began to arrest protesters just after 1 p.m., hours ahead of the 3:30 p.m. vote.
"We will be ill-served in the long run if we abandon the presumption of innocence and fairness, tempting though it may be", she said.
Thank you for signing up for the Sunrise Newsletter. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the constitutional oath and retired Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy administered the judicial oath, according to the Supreme Court. Murkowski said she'd use an obscure procedure that lets one senator offset the absence of another without affecting the outcome.
Murkowski said later she opposes Kavanaugh but will ask to be recorded as "present" during Saturday's confirmation vote to accommodate Republican Sen. A group of them climbed the Capitol steps, and some were led away by police.
Republicans control the Senate by a meager 51-49 margin. Sometimes he listens and sometimes he doesn't, but I have my own voice and opinions, and it's very important to me I express what I feel'.
A recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll showed in fact that the Republicans have narrowed the enthusiasm gap with Democrats in the past few weeks.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY called the fight "a sorry epilogue to the brazen theft of Justice Scalia's seat". But when asked about the topic, Trump said she wished to discuss her trip and not her fashion choices.
"Therefore I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court". Now, if we want to look at all the things that went wrong in this process, there are many.
"I have no doubt", Trump said, telling reporters that he had chosen Kavanaugh, in part, because "there's nobody with a squeaky-clean past like Brett Kavanaugh".
Lisa Banks, another attorney for Ford, said her client merely wanted to tell her story so that lawmakers could "make the best decision possible".