Collins: ‘I do not believe that Brett Kavanaugh was’ Ford’s assailant

Collins: ‘I do not believe that Brett Kavanaugh was’ Ford’s assailant

Collins: ‘I do not believe that Brett Kavanaugh was’ Ford’s assailant

Upon taking the stage, Trump told the crowd he was "thrilled" to be with them on a "truly historic night".

The Senate voted to confirm Kavanaugh on Saturday by a 50-48 vote with all Republican senators backing him, except for one who was attending his daughter's wedding and another who voted "present".

Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer said: "Republicans knew he was very flawed, but once he was nominated, it became a steam roller".

In a statement, the court says Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the Constitutional Oath and retired Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy will administer the Judicial Oath in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court. Mrs. Ashley Kavanaugh holds the Bible, Oct. 6, 2018.

Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) speaks with reporters on the way to the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., October 3, 2018.

When it was official, Trump delivered a double thumbs-up from his desk.

"It's a good day for America and an important day for the Senate", McConnell said, adding the division throughout this process was something the Senate and country would move past. "Very happy about it".

The choice of Kavanaugh to replace retired 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.

An attorney for Christine Blasey Ford, the first woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, called the decision "appalling". The only way we can get people to do what we think they should do is because people respect us, " Justice Elena Kagan said.

"I was glad that he apologized to Amy Klobuchar in particular, " she said.

"There were enough other aspects and allegations and reports that we wanted the FBI to investigate", Hirono replied to Bash.

Kellyanne Conway, a senior White House adviser, said on ABC's "This Week" that the focus should turn from Kavanaugh's combative testimony and towards his 12 years as a respected appeals court judge in Washington.

Throughout the day, Trump also kept his focus on the opposition, saying Kavanaugh had withstood a "horrible, frightful attack" that "nobody should have to go through".

He continued lashing out at Democrats when he rallied supporters in Topeka, telling them "radical Democrats" have become "an angry, left-wing mob" and "too risky and too extreme to govern".

Like Trump, senators at the Capitol predicted voters would react strongly by defeating the other party's candidates in next month's congressional elections.

He later telephoned his congratulations to the new justice, then at the rally returned to his own attack on the Democrats as "an angry left-wing mob". Protesters have gathered there too to continue the demonstrations.

Adding to the drama, women protesters in the Senate gallery shouting, "Shame on you", briefly interrupted the start of the final confirmation vote on Saturday afternoon.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the nine justices recognize the small world they inhabit, suggesting that the tense atmosphere surrounding Kavanaugh's nomination is unlikely to be replicated on the court. But we didn't attack the nominee, we didn't go on a search and destroy mission'.

"They're thinking of their sons, they're thinking of their husbands, their brothers, their uncles, and others and women are, I think, extremely happy", Trump told reporters.

Pointing to television footage of protesters outside the Capitol, he said their numbers paled in comparison to the thousands of supporters awaiting him in Kansas.

McConnell would not pledge to not fill the seat if a vacancy occurred under Trump in a presidential election year.

Trump had been widely denounced - even among some conservatives - for his public disparagement of Ford. "I think we owed it him".

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