Senate Judiciary Committee to vote on Kavanaugh nomination Friday

WASHINGTON  Following hours of exhausting testimony, Republicans huddled Thursday night to chart the path forward on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. Two senators who emerged from the closed-door meeting said the Judiciary Committee will hold a vote Friday as scheduled. The full Senate could vote as early as Monday.

Republican Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Roger Wicker told reporters the committee vote will go forth as planned on Friday. Judiciary Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley said the committee will convene at 9:30 a.m. Asked if there were enough votes to confirm Kavanaugh, Grassley replied, "I think so."

Kavanaugh is accused of sexually assaulting Dr. Christine Ford when they were teenagers in the 1980s, but whether he gets a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court will come down to the support of a handful of Republican senators.

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