Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) will be investigated for leaking Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's letter detailing her sexual assault allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, POLITICO reported. It was the closest roll call to confirm a justice since 1881, when Stanley Matthews was approved by 24-23, according to Senate records.
Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate.
"It will not change the outcome of the vote, but I do hope that it reminds us that we can take very small, very small steps to be gracious with one another", Murkowski said late Friday on the Senate floor.
Friday's announcements of support by Republican Susan Collins of ME and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia made the final confirmation vote a formality, though still an emotional one.
A final vote on Kavanaugh's nomination could occur over the weekend.
'Shame on you. How dare you prioritize him over us, ' the two female protestors yelled at said. After the testimony, the White House asked the FBI to launch an investigation into Ford's allegations, which was completed in under a week.
Democrats have pushed hard against Kavanaugh's appointment in the wake of Ford's testimony last week before the Judiciary Committee on which Durbin sits.
Yet none of that was enough to sway Republicans to oppose Kavanaugh. But Collins said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had found no corroborating evidence from witnesses whose names Ford had provided.
At the confirmation, Carrie Severino, president of the Judicial Crisis Network, declared, "Judge Kavanaugh has been tested by fire and proved himself to be everything and more than we had expected".
Meanwhile, Republicans raged against the other women's accusations.
More than 2,400 law professors from across the country also signed a letter urging the Senate not to confirm Kavanaugh, citing his "aggressive" demeanor in the hearing. In a move that left Republicans furious, Sen.
The senate voted 51-to-49 to advance Kavanaugh's nomination to a floor vote.
"We will either state that partisan politics can override the presumption of innocence, or we will reaffirm that, in the United States of America, everyone is innocent until proven guilty", he said. She said, however, that she sets a high bar for nominees to win confirmation and talked about the importance of selecting judges who will act at all times in a manner that promotes "public confidence" in the judiciary.