She says senators are "deliberately ignoring" Kavanaugh's behavior. Roberts administered the constitutional oath and Kennedy the judicial oath.
Deeply colouring the day's events was a burning resentment by partisans on both sides, on and off the Senate floor.
Mr Kavanaugh's nomination was left teetering on the edge after university psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford claimed in harrowing testimony last week that he tried to rape her when they were high school students.
Murkowski waits to board the Senate subway vehicle as she heads to her office after listening to Collins declare she would vote to confirm Kavanaugh's nomination.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called the nomination "one of the saddest moments in the history of the Senate", and said, "this chapter will be a flashing red warning light of what to avoid".
"There are a minimum of 7 additional people, known to the White House, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Federal Bureau of Investigation who knew about the assault prior to the nomination who were not interviewed", Koegler wrote of the limited Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into the allegation. Two other women later made differing accusations against the nominee. Her announcement in the Senate was followed up by Sen. Collins said Kavanaugh assured her during a private meeting that Roe v. Wade, the ruling that established abortion rights, is settled law. "And what they were offering was sending staffers to speak to her. Dr. Ford wanted to speak to the committee members herself". She told reporters on Friday that Kavanaugh is "a good man" but maybe "not the right man for the court at this time".
According to a Capitol Hill police officer, authorities are investigating a female protester allegedly assaulting a man outside Collins' office, and two people have been detained and are now being questioned. People on the steps of the Capitol chanted "vote them out!" and "the whole world is watching", messages that at times met with jeers and boos from others in the crowd.
The president said at a rally in Minnesota on Thursday night that Democrats attempted to "destroy" his Supreme Court nominee and his supporters were moving up in a bid to keep Republican control of Congress in the November 6 midterm elections. "I think the people from Alaska will never forgive her for what she did". There are only six Republican women in the Senate.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced on Friday afternoon that she will vote for Brett Kavanaugh's nomination, assuring that he will be confirmed to the Supreme Court, despite allegations of sexual assault. "And my heart goes out to anyone who has experienced any type of sexual assault in their life". However, some Republicans were concerned that Flake would change his mind, since he had called for a delay in the vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation to allow the FBI to conduct a brief investigation into the allegations against the judge. Her attorney Lisa Banks said Ford doesn't have any regrets about coming forward. Her goal wasn't to derail this nomination; it was to inform the nomination and she's done that.