The US Senate is expected to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation later Saturday afternoon.
He might have claimed Kavanaugh was a "judge's judge", someone with "impeccable credentials and unsurpassed qualifications", but the man drawn from a list drawn up by White House counsel Don McGahn and the conservative Federalist Society, was always going to be contentious. But the GOP has the votes to successfully confirm Kavanaugh.
Ford's allegations disrupted what had appeared to be a relatively smooth confirmation process for Kavanaugh.
President Donald Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh came under intense scrutiny after multiple women came forward to accuse the 53-year-old judge of sexual assault or sexual misconduct.
Police forcibly removed the protesters, with one person dragged out by their arms and legs. "The damage done today will be enduring - to the United States Supreme Court and to our country". Kavanaugh has denied all the allegations.
Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) was in his home state during the final vote, walking his daughter down the aisle at her wedding. She says senators are "deliberately ignoring" Kavanaugh's behavior.
Susan Rice, the former national security adviser to President Barack Obama, responded "me" on Friday to a post asking who could challenge Collins when she is up for re-election in 2020.
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.
Senators advance Kavanaugh nomination to final vote 51-49
Two other women later emerged with sexual misconduct allegations from the 1980s, all of which Kavanaugh has denied. She said that Kavanaugh was a "man filled with anger and aggression" at last week's Senate hearing.
Drake University law professor Sally Frank, who signed the letter, said she had opposed Kavanaugh even before the hearings based on his judicial philosophy, but was more invigorated since. Protesters were also heard shouting from the Senate gallery during the roll call. The investigations of Judge Kavanaugh did not come close to overcoming the presumption of innocence.
Trump's decision to hand his second Supreme Court nomination to Kavanaugh in July was widely seen as an olive branch to Bush and other establishment Republicans who have been hostile to the president.
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, (Retired) administers the Judicial Oath to Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh in the Justices Conference Room, Supreme Court Building.
The addition of Kavanaugh stands to reshape drastically the jurisprudence of many, if not all, of those issues.
Ramirez released a statement Saturday saying that as she watched the Senate debate, "I feel like I'm right back at Yale where half the room is laughing and looking the other way". Citing the Democrats on the Judiciary Committee and "the virtual mob that assaulted us in the course of this process", McConnell said "they've managed to deliver the only thing that we had not been able to figure out how to do, which was to get our folks fired up".
Neither the FBI nor the Senate Judiciary Committee, in their separate investigations - both conducted under penalty of felony - found evidence corroborating the allegations made against Judge Kavanaugh.
"We have to mourn the lack of seriousness the Senate showed toward credible allegations of sexual assault", said Sen.
On the influential federal appeals court in D.C., Kavanaugh wrote opinions that sought to cripple the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, water down Obamacare's contraceptive mandate and impede an undocumented immigrant minor's efforts to obtain an abortion.