In a recent interview with CNN's Dana Bash, Collins again discredited Christine Blasey Ford's claim that Kavanaugh was her attacker, delivering remarks similar to a Senate speech she presented last week just before announcing she'd back the then-nominee.
Numerous lawmakers, including undecided Republican senators like Susan Collins and Jeff Flake, said they were appalled by Trump's behavior, but wound up voting for Kavanaugh anyway.
On Sunday, after the confirmation of the second Supreme Court justice nominated by President Donald Trump - and with the potential for more Supreme Court nominations before Election Day in 2020 - McConnell rewrote his own invented rule in Republicans' favor.
While Kavanaugh has denied all allegation of sexual misconduct.
The vote brought an end to the nomination process defined by harrowing testimony from Ford, who told a senate committee that Kavanaugh groped her and tried to remove her clothing at a house party when they were both teenagers.
The Senate is expected to vote Saturday on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh and - barring a major unforeseen development - in all likelihood, he will be confirmed by the narrowest of margins.
"Brett is a brilliant jurist who has faithfully applied the Constitution and laws throughout his 12 years on the D.C. Circuit".
"This has all really helped me, No. 1, unify my conference, and No. 2, underscore the significance of the Senate", the Kentucky Republican said.
The Senate voted 50-48 to approve Kavanaugh as protesters rallied across the country against a nominee who has been plagued by allegations of sexual misconduct as a young man and had questions raised over his candor and partisan rhetoric.
"I was glad that he apologized to Amy Klobuchar in particular, " she said.
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He said Reid's new teammates are more eager to see what he does on the field rather than what he does before the game. We know he's going to be an impact player for us, and that's all I care about.
In the end, the Senate delivered on the country's divisions nearly as cleanly as possible, with only a single Democrat and a single Republican voting with colleagues on the other side of the aisle.
Sen. Joe Manchin III was the only Democratic senator in a state Trump won by double digits who chose to support Kavanaugh.
While the process was "unattractive", Trump also said Saturday that the extra week of investigation "was really a good thing" and said he believed the FBI report, which has not been made public, exonerated Kavanaugh. "Truly, Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation is a low moment for the Senate, for the court, for the country". But when asked again Sunday about it, he sought to clarify that a Senate case in 1880 suggested inaction on a nominee only when the chamber was controlled by the party opposing the president.
"A week that will live in infamy for the US Senate, permanently diminishing its stature", said Michael R. Bromwich.
With tensions simmering, Pence got an earful from activists who booed and chanted "Vote them out!" as he walked to his motorcade.
He also said Mr Trump had "stooped to new depths" in mocking the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford.
Trump, throughout the day, insisted Kavanagh would not be tainted by the sexual assault allegations from Christine Blasey Ford and others that almost tanked his nomination, declaring he was "100 percent" certain his nominee was innocent.
Democrats are already promising to use the Kavanaugh confirmation as an issue in the upcoming midterm elections.
"The people the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed. all said that they have no recollection", Hirono said.