She later said that it had been a very hard decision, but that she did not believe it was the "right time" for Kavanaugh to be seated on the court.
Even as Kavanaugh took his oath of office Saturday evening in a quiet private ceremony, not long after the narrowest Senate confirmation in almost a century and a half, protesters chanted outside the court building across the street from the Capitol. One GOP senator was absent during the vote because of his daughter's wedding thousands of miles from Washington, D.C.
"I think he's highly qualified for the Supreme Court", the first lady told reporters while in Egypt on her first solo overseas trip. Kavanaugh has denied all the allegations against him.
Trump also spoke with Vice President Pence, Sen.
On the other side, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY called the fight "a sorry epilogue to the brazen theft of Justice Scalia's seat". That's never happened in a Supreme Court confirmation.
The FBI interviewed Ramirez as part of a background check investigation opened by the White House.
Ford's attorney Debra Katz tells CNN's Dana Bash in an interview that Ford only wanted to tell her story to Senate Judiciary Committee members.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said that the Supreme Court confirmation process "should have been a respectable and dignified confirmation process".
Kavanaugh would replace the retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was a swing vote on issues such as abortion, campaign finance and same-sex marriage.
On Air Force One, Trump told reporters his speech in MS last week, in which he was widely seen to be mocking Christine Blasey Ford, "had such a great impact. And I think she still feels that was the right thing to do, so I don't think she has any regrets".
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The convoy of the US First Lady however passed by without any incident and Mrs Trump might have seen the protests. She also plans to visit the Statehouse to meet over tea with Malawi's first lady, Gertrude Mutharika.
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If those concerns mount, the Fed might raise interest rates more quickly than planned, which could bring the recovery to an end. The annual rise in wages fell to 2.8 percent from 2.9 percent in August, which was the biggest advance in more than nine years.
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A Chicago jury has found police officer Jason Van Dyke guilty of murder for the fatal 2014 shooting of a black teenager. What Van Dyke saw "was a black boy walking down the street. having the audacity to ignore the police", McMahon said.
Democrats also challenged Kavanaugh's honesty, temperament and ability to be nonpartisan after he fumed at last week's Judiciary hearing that Democrats had launched a "search and destroy mission" against him fueled by their hatred of Trump.
"We know the Senate is better than this, we know the nation deserves better than this", McConnell said.
"I believe that Brett Kavanaugh is a good man".
"I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been". Protesters were also heard shouting from the Senate gallery during the roll call. A group of them climbed the Capitol steps, and some were led away by police. "That takes some backbone, '" she said, quoting Kavanaugh. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) walks towards to the Senate chamber to listen to Sen.
A recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll showed in fact that the Republicans have narrowed the enthusiasm gap with Democrats in the past few weeks. Trump said he was "100 percent" certain Kavanaugh was innocent. Maybe I should rethink it. She lost the Republican primary to a Tea Party challenger in 2010, winning re-election with a write-in campaign instead. She next faces voters in 2022.
In a Senate speech that was disrupted by protesters before it began and met with applause from GOP senators when it ended, Collins declared, "I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh".
Democrats don't seem to have the votes to keep Brett Kavanaugh from joining the Supreme Court, but that's not stopping them from taking to the Senate floor in a parade of speeches into the early morning against the conservative jurist. Still, Collins said, the allegations "fail to meet the "more likely than not" standard", and "I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court".
The brutal hearing sparked a supplemental Federal Bureau of Investigation dive into Kavanaugh's background and a week-long delay of the Senate vote. The allegation threw his confirmation process into a tailspin for weeks, but it appears back on track now after a 51-49 vote to move past a key procedural step and three key senators saying they'll vote "yes" in the final confirmation vote Saturday. I believe that she is a survivor of a sexual assault and that this trauma has upended her life. "I do hope that Judge Kavanaugh will not allow the partisan nature this process took to follow him onto the court".
Ford's lawyers said their client did not watch the vote unfold on television. Her attorney Lisa Banks said Ford doesn't have any regrets about coming forward.
"We will be ill-served in the long run if we abandon the presumption of innocence and fairness, tempting though it may be", she said.