"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 USA media. After some pushback, President Trump agreed to allow the Federal Bureau of Investigation to re-open Kavanaugh's background check and investigate the assault allegations.
She was the only Republican to oppose Kavanaugh, but she ultimately voted "present" to pair her vote with Sen.
The partisan battle was also informed by multiple allegations of sexual assault against the recently sworn in justice, including from Palo Alto University Prof. Manchin, the only Democrat supporting the nominee, faces a competitive re-election race next month in a state Trump carried in 2016 by 42 percentage points. Those allegations magnified the clash from a routine Supreme Court struggle over judicial ideology into an angrier, more complex jumble of questions about victims' rights, the presumption of innocence and personal attacks on nominees.
Mr Kavanaugh denied the allegations and received continued backing from the president as well as vast protest from opponents. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) was the only Democrat to vote in favor of Kavanaugh.
Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor, accused Kavanaugh of pinning her to a bed and groping her drunkenly when they were at a party as teenagers. "In other words, people thinking of the court as not politically divided in the same way, as not an extension of politics, but instead somehow above the fray", she said.
Democratic leader Chuck Schumer looked ahead to mid-term elections in November, and appealed to voters beyond the Senate chamber: "Change must come from where change in America always begins: the ballot box".
Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME isn't up for re-election until 2020, but critics vowed Saturday she'll pay a political price for voting for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. He has repeatedly praised Kavanaugh as an excellent jurist.More news: Hafeez hits 10th ton as Pakistan dominate Australia in first Test
The Senate is expected to vote soon to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. "And if he does get it, then evangelicals will likely come out to vote".
Protests erupt in the Senate gallery as Senators vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination.
Hours later, Kavanaugh, his family by his side, was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. "I do hope that it reminds us that we can take very small steps to be gracious with one another and maybe those small gracious steps can lead to more", she said.
Kavanaugh defended his actions, citing his previous 12 years as a District Court Judge in an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal Friday.
In response to Murkowski's vote, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin wrote on Twitter, "I can see 2022 from my house", in a tongue-in-cheek reference to "Saturday Night Live" actress Tina Fey's impersonation of her during the 2008 presidential election.
"I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court", Collins said. His record as a member of the D.C. Circuit Court shows he has voted with the majority of that court 97 percent of the time, and his reasoning has been adopted by the U.S. Supreme Court 13 times.
Democrats expressed concern not only about the sexual assault allegations, but also his judicial record, arguing that he would overturn Roe v Wade and rule from the extreme right.