Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., September 27, 2018.
"Kavanaugh's confirmation is devastating as unresolved questions remain about his human rights record, including in relation to the US government's use of torture and other forms of ill treatment, such as during the Central Intelligence Agency detention program", Daphne Eviatar, Amnesty International USA's director of security with human rights, said in a statement.
It was the closest roll call to confirm a justice since 1881, when Stanley Matthews was approved by 24-23, according to Senate records. But the outrage over Kavanaugh has emboldened "complacent" Republicans, O'Connell said.
Diane Russell, a Democratic activist, said Collins voted to "betray ME women and ME survivors" by ignoring their stories. The judge has vehemently denied the allegations. Susan Collins if she seeks re-election in 2020 began before she finished her speech Friday afternoon on the Senate floor about why she would vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. They said he also seemed too ready to rule for Trump in a possible federal court case against the president. Others said they believed Ford was sexually assaulted by someone, but that it couldn't have been Kavanaugh. "We always do", the majority leader said. And he urged Kansas voters to send Republicans to Congress. Hundreds of protesters in and around the U.S. Capitol - many of whom were women - were arrested in the past week.
A final vote on whether Judge Kavanaugh will join the nine-member panel is scheduled for Saturday. That would mark an anti-climactic finale to a clash fought against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement and Trump's unyielding support of the nominee, opposing forces that left Kavanaugh's fate in doubt for weeks.
Republicans control the Senate by a meager 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. People shouted "shame, shame" as Manchin spoke to reporters about his decision.
Trump has been holding rallies across the country as he tries to boost Republican turnout in November's midterm elections that will determine which party will control the House and Senate during the second half of Trump's term.
Manchin, the only remaining undeclared lawmaker, used an emailed statement to announce his support for Kavanaugh moments after Collins finished talking.
After the Ghana visit, she made a brief stop in Malawi where she toured a primary school. Installing Judge Kavanaugh as a Justice makes that wound persist and makes the Supreme Court its symbol.
As exhausted senators prepared for Saturday's vote, some were flanked by security guards. There was a short note from the losing locker room and Senator Chuck Schumer, who took a shot in the nutsack by Senator Joe Manchin, the only Democrat to vote for Kavanaugh.
"In my conscience. I could not conclude that he is the right person for the court at this time", the senator said.
Similarly, Flake suggested he would vote "yes" for Kavanaugh "unless something big changes".
The Senate backed Brett Kavanaugh's nomination by 50 votes to 48.
That vote occurred amid smoldering resentment by partisans on both sides, on and off the Senate floor. He flashed two thumbs up when the final vote was declared and aides on board applauded. That reflected Democrats' lasting umbrage over Republicans' 2016 refusal to even consider Merrick Garland, Obama's nominee to replace the late Antonin Scalia.
Yet none of that was enough to sway Republicans to oppose Kavanaugh. You went off script and some people said you were extremely unkind to Christine Ford.
Rice tweeted back shortly, "Me". Two other women also came forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh.