On to the full Senate, eventually. The Judiciary Committee on Friday voted to advance Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination, but not without some last-minute drama and confusion. The panel voted along party lines, 11-10, but just before the roll call, Republican Jeff Flake asked for a one-week delay in the full Senate vote so an FBI investigation could take place, reports the Hill. Later in the afternoon, Republican leaders agreed to his request, reports the AP. Related coverage:
- Crucial supporter: Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is not on the judiciary panel, but she publicly backed the call for an FBI investigation after the panel's vote. It was significant because Republicans have only a 51-49 edge in the Senate; if she and Flake were to withhold their support, procedural votes on Kavanaugh likely wouldn't advance, notes the Washington Post.
- President Trump: Speaking to reporters after the vote, Trump said he would go along with whatever Senate leaders think best. He also called Christine Blasey Ford a "very fine woman" and a "very credible witness," but stood by Kavanaugh and his "incredible" testimony, reports the Wall Street Journal. Trump said he never considered withdrawing Kavanaugh's name.