There will be a vote to allow a final vote on Friday and the final vote on Saturday….
The whole thing depends on support from several Republicans Senator’s who aren’t happy with their party leader’s comments and Christine Ford and a rushed and limited FBI reopened background check for the Supreme Court job applicant Brett Kavanaugh…
Senate Republicans filed cloture on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination on Wednesday, paving the way for a weekend showdown over the Supreme Court.
The move by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will allow the chamber to vote on ending debate on Kavanaugh’s nomination on Friday under the chamber’s rules.
If Kavanaugh overcomes the procedural hurdle, the Senate could then take a final vote on his nomination as early as Saturday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) pledged earlier Wednesday that the chamber would vote on Kavanaugh this week, despite what he argued were attempts by Democrats to delay or stall the nomination.
“The Senate will vote on this nomination this week. When we do, we will be voting on one of the most impressive, most stunningly qualified Supreme Court nominees in our nation’s history,” he said.
The decision to pave the way for a vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination comes as he remains short of the simple majority needed to be confirmed based on senators public positions.
Republicans hold a slim 51-seat majority meaning they could lose one GOP senator before they needed help from Democrats to get Kavanaugh around the procedural roadblocks and confirmed to the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, GOP Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) have yet to say how they will vote on Kavanaugh. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) previously said he would support Kavanaugh and absent new information from the FBI’s background investigation into several sexual misconduct allegations is expected to be a yes vote….
Here’s the update on the FBI limited Kavanaugh added background check….
This report won’t be made public, but expect Republicans to leak areas where the FBI didn’t find evidence of an assault, and Democrats to leak areas where investigators found new dirt or desired more time.