"Asked if Collins' words were in fact insulting to Ford, Hirono responded, "[Collins] said herself said that she's heard from so many survivors from her state and elsewhere.
When Flake cast his vote in favor of Kavanaugh, one protester shouted, "You're a coward Flake, a total coward!" "So that's been very heartening".
The president flashed two thumbs up aboard Air Force One as the Senate confirmed Kavanaugh, marking a significant addition to his legacy. "The Senator and her staff are grateful for their assistance, and we anticipate that these measures will be in place for the foreseeable future".
"From start to finish, President Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court has been one of the saddest moments in the history of the Senate", Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said.
"It certainly had a good impact for us", and added that the Democrat's tactics "have turned our base on fire".
Kavanaugh moved past a key hurdle during a procedural vote in the Senate Friday that advanced his confirmation to a final vote set for Saturday.
"The turning point were the reports compiled, the interviews compiled by the FBI as part of its supplemental background investigation - an investigation that three of us pushed very hard for".
Ford testified at a Judicial Committee hearing that Kavanaugh had pushed her on to a bed and choked her while trying to take off her clothes during a 1982 party and she feared she was going to the killed before managing to escape.
Kavanaugh's nomination blew up into a personal and political drama when university professor Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually assaulting her in the upstairs bedroom of a home in a wealthy suburb of Washington in 1982.
Senator Lisa Murkowski, the only Republican to oppose Kavanaugh, said that it was time for the Senate - and Americans - to "heal" after such a divisive few weeks.
"Your refusal to quit amidst the bullying, harassment, insults and lies is a great lesson to our children", she wrote. Ford said she was "100 percent" certain that Kavanaugh was her attacker, while the judge steadfastly denied her allegations.
The hearing triggered a "limited" FBI investigation into the allegations.
"I would have voted no if I disbelieved Judge Kavanaugh, but given his denials and the lack of evidence that this happened I just did not think that it was fair to ruin the life of this distinguished judge and his family over allegations that can not be proven", she told CBS' Scott Pelley.
When pressed by moderator John Dickerson about whether her view on Ford may be viewed by her critics as skepticism generally of women who have shared similar stories, Collins defended her position and said she was evaluating a specific case. "We established that the presumption of innocence is still important". I do believe that she was assaulted.
Senator Collins is up for reelection in 2020. The "Be a Hero" campaign was launched in mid-August by Ady Barkanz, a national health care activist, and by two local advocacy groups, Maine People's Alliance and Mainers for Accountable Leadership. "To say that she thinks that Dr. Ford thinks that she was assaulted, what is that?" "Just understand what the agreement was among those who've contributed. If you voted against Kavanaugh they wouldn't process the credit card numbers and something over $2 million was raised".