Senate confirms Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

But in the hours leading up to the vote, the outcome was uncertain. A number were arrested as they crossed fencing surrounding the main Capitol building and sat in on the front steps on the east side of the Capitol.

With the vote of the Vice President Mike pence always there in case of a tie, the confirmation of Kavanaugh as the next Judge of the Supreme Court became a foregone conclusion by Friday night.

Minutes after Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) indicated that she will vote yes to confirm Brett M. Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court tomorrow, a crowdfunding effort raising funds to unseat her in 2020 crashed.

Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation would tilt America's highest court in favour of conservatives.

No Republican woman has ever served on the Senate Judiciary Committee, while four of the 17 Democratic women now in the Senate do.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the actions of Democrats on the Judiciary Committee have tarnished the dignity of the upper chamber.

Kavanaugh is expected to be sworn in quickly and will join four liberal justices and four other conservatives as the court, which is expected soon to hear controversial disputes involving abortion, immigration, gay rights and voting rights.

Ford, a California psychology professor, accused Kavanaugh of holding her down, trying to disrobe her, and covering her mouth to keep her from screaming during a house party in high school.

Flake was the Republican from Arizona who engineered the last-minute delay so the FBI could conduct its week-long supplemental background investigation into the Kavanaugh accusations by three women.

In the moment on Friday that made it clear Kavanaugh would prevail, Collins delivered a speech saying that Ford's Judiciary Committee telling of the alleged 1982 assault was "sincere, painful and compelling".

She later clarified she was "not making any announcements" but was "deeply disappointed in Senator Collins's vote for Kavanaugh".

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

"This has truly been the most hard ... decision that I've ever had to make", she said.

One woman held a sign saying "Predators Club" with pictures of Kavanaugh, Justice Clarence Thomas and President Donald Trump.

Unsurprisingly, people have dug up that old tweet and are now using it point out Collins' apparent hypocrisy regarding her position on Kavanaugh.

The announcements by Republican Susan Collins of ME and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia came after weeks of shocking accusations, hardball politics and rowdy Capitol protests.

Republicans can only lose a single GOP vote if all Democrats vote against the nomination. Ford had been asking for an Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry into Kavanaugh since she came forward with her allegations.

  • Rogelio Becker