The letter called Judge Kavanaugh "aggressive, intemperate, inflammatory and partial" at times in his confirmation hearing.
"FBI investigation was done, is completed and Senate voted".
The path to Kavanaugh's confirmation cleared on Friday when two wavering Republicans, Susan Collins of ME and Jeff Flake of Arizona, said they would vote for Kavanaugh after concluding that Ford's allegations, voiced by her in an emotional hearing last week, could not be corroborated. At one point, she and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell talked one-on-one.
The bitterly divided Senate voted 51-49 to end the debate on nomination of Kavanaugh, 53, who has been nominated by Trump on the nine-member bench of the Supreme Court. The two-vote margin is one of the narrowest ever for a Supreme Court nominee.
"We stand as participants who will bend the moral arc of the universe towards justice so that this nation shall rise up and stand with survivors, stand with women, stand on the right side of justice", one man said, echoing the words of Martin Luther King Jr.
Rice tweeted a little later that she was "not making any announcements" but was "deeply disappointed" by Collins' vote.
"We saw him mislead the Committee multiple times during his testimony, and we know he's committed to ruling that President Trump is above accountability".
"I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court", Collins said.
"I will be a "no" tomorrow", Murkowski, an Alaska Republican, said on the Senate floor.
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Murkowski called her decision, which she quietly announced in the chamber after other swing votes had announced they would vote in favor of Kavanaugh, "the most hard evaluation of a decision that I've ever had to make".
Vice President Mike Pence planned to be available Saturday in case his tie-breaking vote was needed, which now seems unlikely.
- Protesters gathered in Atlanta to march against the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who was first elected in the "Year of the Woman" in 1992 after the confirmation of Justice Clarence Thomas, said that in confirming Kavanaugh the Senate would be telling young girls and women that "your voices just don't matter". Joe Manchin of West Virginia, announced they, too, would support Kavanaugh.
When Trump nominated Kavanaugh in July, Democrats leapt to oppose him, saying that past statements and opinions showed he'd be a threat to the Roe v. Wade case that assured the right to abortion.
Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a moderate from Alaska, voted against advancing Kavanaugh in Friday morning's procedural vote, making Republican plans to confirm Kavanaugh more hard. Kavanaugh, who now sits on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and previously worked for the independent counsel's office during the investigation of President Bill Clinton, described opposition to his nomination as "revenge on behalf of the Clintons". Kavanaugh has denied the accusations.
It would be a cruel irony if Manchin voted for Kavanaugh and helped save his nomination while a Republican, Murkowski, voted against him, but given that he is up for reelection in a state where Trump remains popular, it is a distinct possibility. A formal investiture ceremony will take place at a later date, the Supreme Court also said.
They said he also seemed ready to rule for Mr Trump if federal authorities probing his 2016 campaign's alleged connections to Russian Federation try to pursue him in court.
Throughout the confirmation fight, Trump had largely stuck by Kavanaugh, who is his second nominee to be confirmed to the high court.
The confirmation process has been bitterly partisan, and disputes were exacerbated by allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh that began surfacing in September.