Senates voted 50-48 in favour of his nomination in the historic roll call vote in the Senate chamber this evening, which means Kavanaugh will soon join the court as an associate justice. The same sense of dread spread in the Senate, as lawmakers texted each other about their concerns.
"I think it's unfair to people who have actually been abused, raped and molested, for her to come forward and say that she was, when maybe she wasn't, and all those people that have, it's just a mockery", she said. By Saturday afternoon, more than $3.2 million had been pledged by more than 108,000 people on Crowdpac for a candidate to run against Collins in 2020 should she vote for Kavanaugh.
But the Kavanaugh spectacle, fueled by extraordinary accusations and counter-claims in nationally televised hearings, and tense battles over an 11th-hour FBI investigation to address the assault allegations, has inflamed political passions.
The New York Democrat also blasted the "biased, unfair" confirmation process and urged Americans to vote.
Republicans control the Senate by a meager 51-49 margin, and announcements of support Friday from Republicans Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME, along with Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia, locked in the needed votes.
Democrats said Kavanaugh's partisan defense of himself, in which he said he was victim of a "political hit", was enough itself to disqualify him from the court.
Also on Friday, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski announced she plans to vote no on Kavanaugh.
Repeatedly during the Senate debate, Republicans accused Democrats of staging a "smear" campaign against Kavanaugh to prevent a conservative becoming a Supreme Court justice. The fact that Brett Kavanaugh couldn't should be disqualifying.
"I applaud and congratulate the U.S. Senate for confirming our GREAT NOMINEE, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to the United States Supreme Court".
"What left wing groups and their Democratic allies have done to Judge Kavanaugh is nothing short of monstrous", Republican Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa declared before the vote. He said he "found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist".
Collins said Saturday that crowdsourced funding targeting her was tantamount to "a bribe, or extortion". Capitol Police said 164 were arrested, raising that count in recent days well into the hundreds. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who voted with the Republicans despite "reservations" about Kavanaugh's character and the accusations against him.
"This is a really divided time", Kagan said.
Kavanaugh will be sworn in on Saturday "so that he can begin to participate in the work of the Court immediately", according to a statement on the Supreme Court's website. Her mother, the late Lois Dickson Rice, who went to Portland High School, received an honorary degree from the Brunswick college in 1984.
Despite weeks of pointed and tempestuous questioning by senators, Brett Kavanaugh, a 53-year-old Yale graduate, who rose to prominence as a member of Ken Starr's legal team, which led the campaign to impeach Bill Clinton two decades ago, appeared set for a relatively straightforward confirmation.
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