Senate Judiciary Committee schedules Friday vote on Kavanaugh

Posted at 7:32 AM, Sep 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-25 19:47:04-04

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote Friday on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

The committee vote is being set for the day after Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford are to testify about her allegation he sexually assaulted her when they were teens. That public hearing is set for Thursday.

The committee scheduled the vote as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday he was moving forward with Kavanaugh’s nomination.

Kavanaugh has denied Ford’s claim and that of another woman who has come forward with an allegation from his time at Yale.

The attorney for Brett Kavanaugh’s second accuser says his client wants to give a sworn statement to the FBI.

John Clune tweets that he’s been trying to talk to Senate Judiciary Committee staffers about how Deborah Ramirez can swear to her account of sexual misconduct by President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Ramirez told The New Yorker that Kavanaugh exposed his genitals to her during a party at Yale 35 years ago.

“Ms. Ramirez is ready to swear to the FBI under penalty of perjury,” Clune tweeted. “Why won’t the Senate Judiciary Committee welcome that?”

The committee will be voting on whether to recommend Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full Senate.

Senators were told to be prepared for a rare weekend session and McConnell said he was confident Kavanaugh would be confirmed.

However, some Republican senators say they are still undecided on Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she has not decided how she would vote.

When asked Tuesday if there should be a full FBI investigation about the claims, she said: “Well, it would sure clear up all the questions, wouldn’t it?”

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