"The facts presented do not mean that Professor Ford was not sexually assaulted that night or at some other time but they do lead me to conclude that the allegations failed to meet the more likely than not standard", she said. And they said Kavanaugh's record and fuming testimony at a now-famous Senate Judiciary Committee hearing showed he lacked the fairness, temperament and even honesty to become a justice.
They protested after an Federal Bureau of Investigation report which Republicans say exonerates him of sexual assault claims, with Democrats complaining it is too limited. Murphy believes that boys and men of all ages are now at risk of having their lives sabotaged by false accusations, adding that she thinks all conservatives are now being targeted because of their beliefs. Something happened to Dr. Ford.
The president said at a rally in Minnesota on Thursday night that Democrats attempted to "destroy" his Supreme Court nominee and his supporters were moving up in a bid to keep Republican control of Congress in the November 6 midterm elections.
Given Collins' vote, Kavanaugh appears destined for the Supreme Court.
Friday's announcements of support by Republican Susan Collins of ME and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia made the final confirmation vote a formality, though still an emotional one.
In a floor speech on Capitol Hill on Friday, Sen. Protesters swarmed the offices of senators and more than 300 people were arrested.
Senators voted 51-49 on a key procedural vote Friday to end debate on Kavanaugh, lining up Saturday's final confirmation vote.
Brian Fallon, executive director of Demand Justice, a group that opposes Trump's judicial nominees, said Kavanaugh would join the court "with a cloud over his head".
He said if Democrats took power, he would expect the committee to immediately subpoena records from the White House and the FBI, which conducted an abbreviated supplemental background investigation into two of the misconduct claims.
The full confirmation vote could take place as early as Saturday. That's never happened in a Supreme Court confirmation. White House officials have said Kavanaugh would be sworn in swiftly. "That should concern us all", said California Democrat Diane Feinstein, the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee. Two other women later made differing accusations against the nominee.
Trump, himself accused by numerous women during the 2016 presidential election of sexual misconduct, tweeted his approval of the Senate vote on Friday, saying, "Very proud of the U.S. Senate for voting "YES" to advance the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh!".
Democrat Senator Joe Manchin announced he too will support Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
But Democratic senators said it had been incomplete.
She continued: "Victims get to control when and how and where their allegations get made public". They said he also seemed ready to knock down President Barack Obama's health care law and to rule for Trump if federal authorities probing his 2016 campaign's connections to Russian Federation initiate legal action.