Kavanaugh's ascendance to the Supreme Court gives conservatives a majority that could restrict abortion rights and halt the expansion of the rights of LGBT people.
He added: "All four are women". Police stood guard at the doors. Kavanaugh was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts and the man he's replacing, retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, as fellow Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan looked on - two conservatives and two liberals.
Two other women accused him in the media of sexual misconduct in the 1980s. By holding back Ford's accusations until shortly before the Kavanaugh hearings, they engaged in party politics as well and, at least theoretically, prevented Republicans from withdrawing Kavanaugh early enough to field another candidate. "I think in a way that I really regret saying, she has betrayed women across this country, " Rice said.
But on Sunday, McConnell offered a revised version of his initial reasoning and refused to say he wouldn't confirm a potential Supreme Court nominee from President Donald Trump in 2020.
Republicans control the Senate by a meagre 51-49 margin, and announcements of support Friday from Republicans Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME, along with Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia, locked in the needed votes. 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".
He denied the allegations, but almost all Senate Democrats voted against his confirmation.
Hirono added that she disagreed with Collins' claim that there was no corroboration of Ford's story.
In 2016, when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced Republicans' plan to keep the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's seat open until the next president took office, a year away, he issued a conclusive statement: "The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice". "These things always blow over", he told a news conference.
"One of the biggest tragedies of this past week was to watch the president of the United States publicly mocking and ridiculing Dr. Ford", the senator said, calling it a "low mark in his presidency".
While Kavanaugh has denied all allegation of sexual misconduct.
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Republicans called the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe through while Democrats argued agents didn't interview enough witnesses.
McConnell told Reuters that the political brawl over Kavanaugh will help Republicans at the ballot box. Besides, the court fight was firing up Republican voters ahead of the midterm elections in ways the GOP leader said he couldn't have imagined.
But Democrats hope women angered at the Kavanaugh accusations will turn out in large numbers to reject Republicans.
Hours before the vote, scores of protesters broke through barricades and staged a raucous sit-in protest on the US Capitol steps.
"A website went up over these last couple of weeks collecting funds for whoever your opponent may be in 2020", Pelley said. The Democrats are seen as having more chance of winning control of the House of Representatives than the Senate.
A devout Catholic, Kavanaugh is expected to entrench conservative control of the court for a generation, as he becomes Trump's second appointment to the nation's highest judicial body.
Susan Collins said Sunday that she's been hearing "very positive" feedback from Mainers regarding her vote the day before to confirm now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.