Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell dodged questions as to whether he'll impose the same restriction on President Donald Trump that he put on President Barack Obama and not confirm any Supreme Court nominees during the 2020 election.
Conservative US judge Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court Saturday by a razor-thin margin in the Senate, ending months of partisan rancor over his nomination and offering Donald Trump one of the biggest victories of his presidency.
"Ironically the behavior of Democrats on Senate Judiciary Committee and then the overreach of the protests at the Capitol have actually energized the Republican base, particularly in the red states where we're trying to pick up seats across America", McConnell said.
Republicans control the Senate by a meager 51-49 margin, and announcements of support Friday from Republicans Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME, along with Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia, locked in the needed votes.
Trump, who called Kavanaugh to congratulate him on Saturday, said he was "100%" certain that Ford named the wrong person in accusing the judge.
After expressing support for Kavanaugh, he posted: "Now what Republicans must do is support those still marginalized by a history of oppression and neglect". He flashed two thumbs up when the final vote was declared and aides on board applauded.
"There were enough other aspects and allegations and reports that we wanted the FBI to investigate", Hirono replied to Bash.
Time's Up, a movement to help victims of workplace sexual harassment created by women in Hollywood after allegations of misconduct against Harvey Weinstein and others, also posted a statement on Twitter following the decision.
The Senate backed Brett Kavanaugh's nomination by 50 votes to 48.
Senator Lisa Murkowski, the only Republican to oppose Kavanaugh, said it was time for the Senate - and Americans - to "heal" after such a divisive few weeks.
Democratic senator Ben Cardin of Maryland noted that several key issues framing the November 6 election - women's reproductive rights, the Mueller investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election and Republican attempts to roll back the Obamacare health program - could all come before a Supreme Court pitched to the right by Kavanaugh's presence.
"This wasn't going to get any better", McConnell said.
Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List, which contributes to female Democratic candidates, assailed the confirmation of "an alleged sexual assailant and anti-choice radical to a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court".
McConnell told The Associated Press in an interview that the "mob" of opposition - confronting senators in the hallways and at their homes - united his narrowly divided GOP majority as Kavanaugh's confirmation teetered and will give momentum to his party this fall.
"This ended up being a pretty happy ending for us", he said. "I think the people from Alaska will never forgive her for what she did".
He called her vote "disgraceful" and added that he appreciated West Virginia Sen.
"I've said to the women who are justifiably angry but determined. they should be just focused like a laser beam on the elections", Hirono added.
At the White House on Sunday, Trump lauded Collins' hard work and "impassioned" speech on the Senate floor Friday announcing how she would vote. In the short term he will provide the decisive fifth vote for a conservative majority on the nine-member court. We have to treat each with respect and dignity and a sense of amicability that the rest of the world doesn't always share, " Sotomayor said. "Vote them out!" and carried signs including, "I am a survivor, not a troublemaker!"