UPDATE: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republicans are pushing ahead with a key committee vote Friday on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after nearly nine hours oftestimony on Thursday regarding a sexual misconduct allegation against him.
GOP senators met Thursday night behind closed doors to plot their course, and McConnell said afterwards that a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee will proceed as scheduled.
“The committee is going to vote in the morning [Friday], and we’ll go forward,” the Kentucky Republican said. It is possible a full Senate confirmation vote could take place early next week.
Late Thursday, the American Bar Association urged the committee to postpone the vote until the FBI could conduct an investigation.
“Deciding to proceed without conducting additional investigation would not only have a lasting impact on the Senate’s reputation, but it will also negatively affect the great trust necessary for the American people to have in the Supreme Court,” ABA President Robert M. Carlson wrote in a letter to the committee.
UPDATE: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Judiciary Committee will hold a vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court on Friday at 9:30 a.m.
Approval by the committee would set up a climactic vote by the full Senate early next week.
McConnell confirmed the vote following a huddle of Republican senators to discuss Christine Blasey Ford’s and Kavanaugh’s testimonies during a nearly nine-hour, high-decibel hearing Thursday.
Key Republican Sens. Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Jeff Flake have not said publicly how they will vote.
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ORIGINAL: President Donald Trump called his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony on Thursday “powerful, honest and riveting.”
The president spoke after a daylong Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that also heard from Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when the two were in high school. Trump tweeted, “Democrats’ search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham” and he called for the Senate to now vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him. His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting. Democrats’ search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist. The Senate must vote!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2018
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