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

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

"There's only ever been one justice that's been impeached, and I think talking about it at this point isn't necessarily healing us and moving us forward", said Mr. Coons.

"We didn't attack Merrick Garland's background and try to destroy him".

Trump told a raucous rally in Kansas late on Saturday that the confirmation marked "a tremendous victory for our nation, our people and our beloved Constitution".

Kavanaugh had served as associate counsel and staff secretary under Bush, who has repeatedly praised him as a candidate for the Supreme Court. The two-vote margin made it the closest confirmation vote since 1881. But other accusations and rumours were circling as voting was delayed for an additional FBI investigation.

While neither discussed the allegations of sexual misconduct surrounding the Kavanaugh debate, both talked about their careers as women and the challenges they faced.

Mira Sorvino, one of the actresses to accuse disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment - which he denies, expressed her fears Mr Kavanaugh will help protect the president from any potential legal action.

Vice President Mike Pence had to call the room to order after protesters broke in at the start of the vote, shouting "shame on you".

These included the emergence of two other accusers; an unforgettable Senate Judiciary Committee hearing at which a composed Ford and a seething Kavanaugh told their diametrically opposed stories, and a truncated FBI investigation that the agency said showed no corroborating evidence and Democrats lambasted as a White House-shackled farce. 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.

The prolonged nomination battle has roiled American politics, disrupting the status quo on Capitol Hill and firing up both Republicans and opposition Democrats a month before the mid-terms.

"The question that was the important question was 'was he a blackout drunk?' And he said that was not the case and the testimony that we had, in the interviews did not support that contention", she said.

Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath of office to the 53-year-old Kavanaugh in a private ceremony just hours after the Senate voted 50-48 on Saturday to confirm his life-time nomination to fill the vacancy on the nine-member court.

Demonstrators block the main entrance door as they take the steps of the US Supreme Court protesting the appointment of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in Washington DC, on October 6, 2018.

Even as Kavanaugh took his oath of office Saturday evening in a quiet private ceremony, not long after the narrowest Senate confirmation in almost a century and a half, protesters chanted outside the court building across the street from the Capitol.

"This ended up being a pretty happy ending for us", he said.

But Democrats hope women angered at the Kavanaugh accusations will turn out in large numbers to vote out Republicans.

Collins' continued support for Kavanaugh throughout the confirmation process earned the ire of organizations like the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, which tweeted ahead of the vote that Collins "can no longer call herself a women's rights champion" after she "sided with those who disbelieved, disrespected, and even mocked survivors". I don't know. Where's the house? I saw him rule in favor of criminal defendants who were unsympathetic.

In the meantime, the focus will be on the court's new majority's willingness to take on controversial issues. Susan Collins, saying she was "great". They come and go.