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So Now What Happens in the Kavanaugh Hearings?

Committee vote on Thursday looks iffy amid questions whether he and accuser will testify
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2018 1:47 PM CDT
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – The Brett Kavanaugh confirmation saga heated up in a big way Monday, with increased calls for a delay in the process to examine the allegation that he tried to sexually assault a girl at a high school party in the 1980s. President Trump himself said a "little delay" is no big deal. Kavanaugh, meanwhile, insisted anew that the allegation is false, and both he and accuser Christine Blasey Ford say they are willing to go before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Details and related developments in the contentious Supreme Court nomination:

  • Now what? As of now, the Senate Judiciary Committee was still scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination Thursday, reports the Wall Street Journal, but the prospects of that happening were growing increasingly unlikely. All 10 Democrats on the panel want Chairman Chuck Grassley to postpone while the allegation is investigated, and, crucially, at least one Republican on the 21-member committee also favors a delay. That would be Jeff Flake.
  • Will they testify? Whether Kavanaugh and Ford will appear before the panel is unclear. Grassley said he was trying to arrange phone call interviews with the pair, seemingly to avoid in-person testimony, per the AP. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell supported this "by the book" approach, saying private interviews were the standard approach in such cases. But Democrats, especially Dianne Feinstein, were resisting; they want the FBI to pick up the investigation from here.

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