The Kavanaugh nomination

Good Morning, It’s Friday, September 28th 2018

Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are expected to vote this morning on President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh following an emotional day of testimony on Thursday from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who accused him of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers.

Kavanaugh’s consideration by the Judiciary Committee and his confirmation by the full Senate, perhaps by Tuesday, are in suspense.

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), a Judiciary Committee member, said Thursday night he was undecided. In a committee with 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats, Flake’s vote is consequential, although Kavanaugh’s nomination could still move to the Senate floor if the committee is split. Watch live coverage of the planned vote, which is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., via C-SPAN.

The plan, at least for now: After the committee votes, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is expected to move to procedural votes that could end debate as soon as Monday, the first day of the Supreme Court’s new session. If those votes in the Senate are successful, the final vote on the Kavanaugh nomination could take place on Tuesday (The Hill).

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