President Trump is rallying his supporters in Topeka, Kansas, hours after the Senate confirmed his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, after a contentious few weeks in which his confirmation at times was uncertain.
It represents the culmination of a decades-long project by the conservative movement to construct a like-minded majority on the Supreme Court which has been a defining and unifying cause in successive congressional and presidential campaigns.
In the end, Republicans were able to use their stranglehold on Capitol Hill and the White House to muscle through the confirmation in a power play that reflected the momentous importance of Trump's 2016 election victory over Hillary Clinton.
Several others came forward to accuse Kavanaugh of lewd acts.
Lambda Legal, HRC, AIDS United, The Trevor Project, and GLAAD were among 73 national, state, and local organizations that signed a letter opposing Kavanaugh's nomination. The Senate voted 50 to 48, mostly along party lines.
In a lengthy speech on the Senate floor, Collins argued that while the eleventh-hour sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh were plausible, they did not meet the necessary standards of evidence to overcome Kavanaugh's right to the presumption of innocence.
"I believe something happened to Dr. Ford". She said she would vote to move Kavanaugh's nomination forward, which was met with screaming and accusations by protesters. Republicans hold 51 Senate seats, while Democrats and two independents aligned with them hold the remaining 49.
President Trump said he is "100 percent" certain that Christine Blasey Ford named the wrong person when she accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault in testimony during his Supreme Court nomination hearings.
Zovko says she believes the anti-Kavanaugh demonstrators have "good intentions".
As Chief Justice John Roberts swore in Kavanaugh during a private Supreme Court ceremony, protesters demonstrated loudly outside, at one point rushing the steps of the court and banging on its ornate bronze doors while some sat on a Lady Justice statue.
"I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court", Collins said.
Republican Senator Susan Collins announced her support for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Friday afternoon, strongly boosting chances that the judge will be confirmed.
That, McConnell said, is the statement the Senate will make with its Kavanaugh vote.
On the other side, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY called the fight "a sorry epilogue to the brazen theft of Justice Scalia's seat".
Mr Schumer said that for all those who opposed the nomination, "there is one answer - vote" in the November mid-term elections. Steve Daines of Montana, who supports Kavanaugh but was in Montana to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding.
The brutal hearing sparked a supplemental Federal Bureau of Investigation dive into Kavanaugh's background and a weeklong delay of the Senate vote. "If she doesn't, we absolutely have the right to prepare to unseat her given everything Judge Kavanaugh would do on the Supreme Court to make life worse for ME women, Mainers with pre-existing conditions and Mainers who care about fabric of our democracy".