Collins essentially sealed Kavanaugh's nomination when she ended weeks of suspense and speculation by saying in a Friday floor speech that she would vote to confirm him.
"Despite the turbulent, bitter fight surrounding his nomination, my fervent hope is that
[Collins' decision sparks praise from
In supporting Kavanaugh, Collins -- who was one of three Republican senators who withheld their decisions on Kavanaugh until Friday -- split with
King said he was "very concerned" about Kavanaugh's "position on some of the important issues to come before the court," including presidential power, abortion rights and campaign finance.
"A vote for a
Kavanaugh, the embattled nominee who was accused of sexually assaulting
Trump tweeted shortly after the vote that Kavanaugh would be sworn in Saturday.
[As the decision loomed, anti-Kavanaugh demonstrators weighed on Collins' staff]
Collins joined every Senate Republican but
The confirmation came after a key procedural vote Friday during which Collins, who publicly withheld her opinion of Kavanaugh for weeks, revealed she would vote to confirm him.
Before the final vote Saturday, Senate Majority Leader
Collins' vote of confidence came after a winding speech on the
Kavanaugh was confirmed by the slimmest margin in more than 135 years. Only the 24-23 vote to confirm
After allegations from Ford and other women that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted women when he was a young man, sexual assault survivors joined
King addressed those Mainers in a statement issued minutes after Saturday's vote.
"Over the past several weeks, so many
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