Hours later, Kavanaugh was sworn in at a private ceremony.
She later said that it had been a very hard decision, but that she did not believe it was the "right time" for Kavanaugh to be seated on the court.
Minutes after she finished speaking, West Virginia Democratic Sen.
Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., who is a reliable vote for Kavanaugh, will be walking his daughter down the aisle at her wedding on Saturday and will not be available to vote.
"I think he's highly qualified for the Supreme Court", the first lady told reporters while in Egypt on her first solo overseas trip.
Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., responded to one protester's call for Kavanaugh to take a polygraph test, asking: "Maybe we can dunk him in water and see if he floats?"
"It's turned our base on fire", declared Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
Kavanaugh's nomination as a replacement for retiring justice Anthony Kennedy was controversial from the start - but the initial focus was exclusively on the conservative views held by the married father of two. "Both oaths will be administered so that [Kavanaugh] can begin to participate in the work of the Court immediately", the court said in a statement prior to the swearing in. Swetnick was not interviewed by the FBI in its investigation of Kavanaugh. He said he would return to cast the decisive vote if needed. The session was presided over by Pence.
Both testified about the alleged incident at a hearing with the Senate Judiciary Committee last month. Kavanaugh has vehemently denied all accusations of misconduct, and McConnell said the report was "reassuring".
"Women for Kavanaugh, and many others who support this very good man, are gathering all over Capital [sic] Hill in preparation for a 3-5 P.M.", Trump tweeted.
On Air Force One, Trump told reporters his speech in MS last week, in which he was widely seen to be mocking Christine Blasey Ford, "had such a great impact".
"Some accused me of taking too much time, but this is important to me, should be important to all of us", she said.
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"I listened carefully to Christine Blasey Ford's testimony", Collins said.
"Brett Kavanaugh", Ford replied in an email, according to Koegler. "FBI investigation was done, is completed and Senate voted".
"Professor Ford has not asked for anything of the sort". "We must always remember that it is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy". Capitol police led protesters away one by one. She says senators are "deliberately ignoring" Kavanaugh's behavior.
Besides interviewing and talking to people who know Kavanaugh, Collins said she assembled a team of 19 attorneys to assist her in examining his judicial record. A few Democrats sat stone-faced nearby.
"I don't think she has any regrets". "I think the people from Alaska will never forgive her for what she did".
Murkowski's vote was the latest example of the independent streak she forged since overcoming a Republican primary challenge in 2010 to win re-election as a rare write-in candidate. She next faces voters in 2022.
Collins, who had kept her vote close to her chest for the entirety of Kavanaugh's confirmation process, made the announcement in a lengthy speech from the Senate floor. Enough senators have indicated they will support him Saturday to put him over the edge, with a likely margin of two votes.
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.
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". I'm glad that Dr. Ford was heard, I'm glad that Judge Kavanaugh was heard. "I do hope that Judge Kavanaugh will not allow the partisan nature this process took to follow him onto the court".
Koegler said that interaction with Ford was memorable because it was around the same time Turner was sentenced to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman after a party. Ford said she was "terrified" by the process, but said she felt like it was her "civic duty" to come forward.
While she respects her colleagues' support for Kavanaugh, Murkowski said, "I also that think we're at a place where we need to think about the credibility and integrity of our institutions". Her goal wasn't to derail this nomination; it was to inform the nomination and she's done that.