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Senate Judiciary Committee Will Vote on Kavanaugh Friday

The day after he and Christine Blasey Ford testify
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 25, 2018 6:26 PM CDT
Brett Kavanaugh, with his wife Ashley Estes Kavanaugh, answers questions during a FOX News interview, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Washington, about allegations of sexual misconduct against the Supreme...   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote Friday on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, the AP reports. The committee vote is being set for the day after Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford are to testify about her allegation he sexually assaulted her when they were teens. That public hearing is set for Thursday. The committee scheduled the vote as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday he was moving forward with Kavanaugh's nomination. The committee will be voting on whether to recommend Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate. Senators were told to be prepared for a rare weekend session and McConnell said he was confident Kavanugh would be confirmed.

Kavanaugh has denied Ford's claim and that of another woman who has come forward with an allegation from his time at Yale. That woman, Deborah Ramirez, offered on Tuesday to give a sworn statement to the FBI. Her attorney, John Clune, tweeted that he's been "working hard to cooperate with the Senate Judiciary Committee," but that "they have refused to meet all scheduled appointments." He said an FBI investigation has been formally requested and concluded, "Ms. Ramirez is ready to swear to the FBI under penalty of perjury. Why won’t the Senate Judiciary Committee welcome that?" He says he will be on Anderson Cooper's show Tuesday night to discuss the case.

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