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Kavanaugh tick-tock: Confirmation vote looms this week as Senate Dems & a few Republicans hold out for FBI inquiry results

Oct 2, 2018

Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, focusing on allegations of sexual assault by Kavanaugh against Christine Blasey Ford in the early 1980s; Credit: Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images

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As the F.B.I investigation into allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh progresses, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell isn’t shying away from moving ahead with his confirmation.

On Tuesday, the Kentucky Republican said in a speech on the Senate floor that he would be pushing forward with a confirmation vote this week, setting up what may be a contentious vote as there are still at least three Republican senators whose voting preference is unclear.

McConnell’s timeline of forcing a vote by Friday means the F.B.I investigation would have to be concluded by Wednesday, which could create an issue with the three outstanding senators who want to see the inquiry run its course before a vote is called. Meanwhile, another incident from Judge Kavanaugh’s past has surfaced that involved a bar fight while he was an undergraduate at Yale University in 1985.

We’ll hear from reporters inside the beltway about the latest on the Kavanaugh confirmation vote, the F.B.I investigation, and more.

Guests:

Aaron Blake, senior political reporter at The Washington Post where he writes for the political analysis blog “The Fix”; he tweets @AaronBlake

Cate Martel, national political reporter at The Hill, where she also writes their political newsletter “The 12:30 Report”; she tweets @CateMartel

This content is from Southern California Public Radio. View the original story at SCPR.org.

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