Dickerson responded - around the 5 minute mark - that "Democrats are pointing not only to the way this was handled but in the history of partisanship on the Supreme Court, your decision to block Merrick Garland is something they see as-as having kicked off a new stage in the partisanship associated with Supreme Court nominees".
It was the closest roll call to confirm a justice since 1881, when Stanley Matthews was approved 24-23, according to Senate records. "There was no nominee, no nominee was blocked and he said to not have the nomination come up before the election, but that it could come up after the election".
Hirono also sidestepped Bash's question on whether Michael Avenatti, who represents porn star Stormy Daniels, hurt the Democrats' arguments against Kavanaugh's confirmation by representing a third woman to make allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh.
On Saturday night, Trump portrayed his successful confirmation vote on Kavanaugh as a reason voters should elect Republicans in next month's nationwide congressional elections, when the political control of Congress is at stake. Protesters have roamed Capitol Hill corridors and grounds daily, chanting, "November is coming", "Vote them out" and "We believe survivors".
Kavanaugh graduated form Yale law school in 1983 and started his legal career under former independent counsel Kenneth Starr, who carried out the probe that eventually led to former US President Bill Clinton's impeachment in 1999.
Kavanaugh succeeded 82-year-old Justice Kennedy who has been a moderate and pivotal swing vote between conservatives and liberals on the nine-member bench for years.
"I stand before you today on the heels of a tremendous victory for our nation, our people and our beloved Constitution". Kavanaugh is now Trump's second nominee to be seated on the high court, and the Senate has approved more circuit court judges this session of Congress than any other.
"Well, there were a lot of things happening that weren't correct, they weren't true, and there were a lot of things that were left unsaid", Trump told Pirro.
The leader of an anti-abortion group that supported Kavanaugh foreshadowed the fight to come in a statement issued just after the confirmation vote.
Trump welcomes Kavanaugh's appointment to supreme court
With tensions simmering, Pence got an earful from activists who booed and chanted "Vote them out!" as he walked to his motorcade. By consolidating Republican power, it would also make breaking camp and heading back towards the light that much more hard .
Inside the Senate, resentments fanned by the battle showed no signs of receding.
"I think it will go down as a sad day for her because he's going to become a great Supreme Court justice", Trump said of Murkowski.
Her hearing sparked a supplemental Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into his background, which created a week long delay of the vote. That would let Kavanaugh win by the same two-vote margin he'd have received had both senators voted.
He also said Mr Trump had "stooped to new depths" in mocking the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford.
"In front of the MS audience, Trump had mimicked Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, including the moment where she explained that there were certain details of the alleged sexual assault she couldn't remember".
"I have no doubt", Trump said, telling reporters that he had chosen Kavanaugh, in part, because "there's nobody with a squeaky-clean past like Brett Kavanaugh". "Only this time, instead of drunk college kids, it is U.S. Senators who are deliberately ignoring his behavior", Ramirez said. Joe Manchin of West Virginia was the only Democrat to vote in favor of confirmation.
Ford testified before Collins and others on the Senate Judiciary Committee that she was "100 percent" certain that Kavanaugh was her attacker.
Kavanaugh's nomination process has been plagued in recent weeks by sexual misconduct allegations made by three women.
Kavanaugh's nomination as a replacement for retiring justice Anthony Kennedy was controversial from the start - but the initial focus was exclusively on the conservative views held by the married father of two.