There was vast relief at the White House where Trump watched a vote that takes him one final step closer to becoming the Republican president who enshrined a conservative majority on the Supreme Court - an achievement that will elevate him in history.
The US Senate is expected to confirm conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court justice on Saturday-offering President Donald Trump a big political win and tilting the nation's high court decidedly to the right.
Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat facing a tough re-election fight in West Virginia, a state where the President rolled to victory in 2016, also supported Kavanaugh.
Christine Blasey Ford's legal team has released a statement from her friend Keith Koegler, who provided an account that appears to corroborate Ford's testimony accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not interview him.
Kavanaugh has faced heavy scrutiny during his nomination process, in part because of sexual misconduct allegations that surfaced against him.
Collins supported an additional FBI background check into the accusations, which stoked speculation that she might then break with Republicans and vote against Kavanaugh's nomination, but the results of that investigation - along with Bush's calls - paved the way for her support Friday.
Some Democratic lawmakers, who are poised to gain a number of congressional seats heading into the midterms, have floated the possibility of investigating Kavanaugh after he is confirmed to the Supreme Court.
Shortly before Friday's Senate procedural vote to go forward with Kavanaugh's vote, Trump tweeted about viral videos of female sexual assault survivors who had approached senators in an effort to explain their point of view for why Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination should not go forward.
"An FBI investigation that did not include interviews of Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh is not a meaningful investigation in any sense of the word", they said in a statement quoted in U.S. media.
'Women for Kavanaugh, and many others who support this very good man, are gathering all over Capitol Hill in preparation for a 3-5 P.M. VOTE, ' Trump declared.
The first lady also would not say if she believed Ford's allegations against Kavanaugh.
Their support makes Saturday's vote to confirm Kavanaugh an apparent formality after a battle that riveted the nation for almost a month.
"If someone that doesn't take respect for fellow people in general, and can't decide whether the questions he's given can be answered, how is he going to be a judge and do the same thing to people?" said one woman we spoke with. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the constitutional oath and retired Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy administered the judicial oath, according to the Supreme Court.
In a twist, Murkowski said she will state her opposition but vote "present" as a courtesy to Kavanaugh supporter Sen.
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.
In the hours before the vote, police arrested demonstrators who had broken through barriers around the Capitol and tried to climb the building's steps. Sometimes he listens and sometimes he doesn't, but I have my own voice and opinions, and it's very important to me I express what I feel'.
Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate.
"Professor Ford has not asked for anything of the sort". "And my heart goes out to anyone who has experienced any type of sexual assault in their life".
"Therefore I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court".
"They are so many and we are so few". "Dr. Ford's goal here was never to impact the process to derail a nomination", attorney Lisa Banks said on All Things Considered.