Kavanaugh Vote Set For Friday

"We’re going to be moving forward."

Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Supreme Court associate justice nominee for U.S. President Donald Trump, smiles during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday,
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The Senate Judiciary Committee headed by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has set a vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh for Friday, just one day following the scheduled testimony by his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.

Though Ford has signaled that she is reluctant to give her testimony before the committee on Thursday, Grassley has given the required three days notice for the vote to take place on Friday. Should Kavanaugh pass the committee, the baton then passes to Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to call for a vote. McConnell has already told his colleagues to prepare to stay through Saturday and possibly Sunday to confirm Kavanaugh prior to October 1, when the Supreme Court begins its next annual term.

McConnell, who blasted the Democrats for delaying Kavanaugh's vote by unveiling an eleventh-hour allegation, said he is "confident" that Trump's second nominee will sit on the Supreme Court.

"We’re going to be moving forward. I’m confident we’re going to win," McConnell told reporters on Capitol Hill this Tuesday. "I believe he’ll be confirmed, yes."

At this point, however, it is uncertain whether Christine Blasey Ford will testify on Thursday, with Sen. Dianne Feinstein — who sat on the allegation for six weeks before turning it over to the FBI days before the vote — saying Tuesday that she has "no way of knowing" if Ford will show up.

Ford has alleged that Kavanaugh attempted to force himself on her at a pool party 36 years ago. Kavanaugh adamantly denies her claims, as does another man Ford says played a role in the assault. Two other potential witnesses Ford named, including a "longtime friend" of Ford's, have denied any knowledge of the alleged incident.

Ford's legal team of Democratic activists has imposed a series of conditions on her appearance. Reports indicate she may not show up due to Grassley hiring a female prosecutor of sex crimes to question her.

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