By Eli Watkins
The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled its vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court for Friday morning at 9:30 am.
The move would place the panel’s decision just a day after it is set to hear testimony from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, a woman who has accused him of sexual assault during a party in their high school years
In a statement, Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley’s spokesman, Taylor Foy, said committee rules normally require such votes to be posted three days in advance.
“An executive business meeting is being noticed tonight in the event that a majority of the members are prepared to hold one on Friday,” Foy said.
Grassley tweeted, in characteristic style, following the initial announcement to stress the possibility that the committee’s vote could be further delayed while reiterating the move could allow for a Friday vote if so desired.
California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the committee’s top Democrat, issued a statement saying it was clear that “Republicans don’t want this to be a fair process.”
“For Republicans to schedule a Friday vote on Brett Kavanaugh today, two days before Dr. Blasey Ford has had a chance to tell her story, is outrageous,” she said.
Democrats have criticized the move and called for a delay to Thursday’s hearing in order to gain more information about Deborah Ramirez, who accused Kavanaugh of inappropriate sexual behavior and allow for an FBI review of the judge.
CNN’s Sunlen Serfaty and Phil Mattingly contributed to this report.