Senate GOP Whip: Committee Vote on Kavanaugh 'As Early As Friday'
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn told Neil Cavuto Tuesday that a Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation could come "as early as Friday."
Cornyn (R-Texas), a member of the committee, said the body could vote on forwarding Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate soon after they hear from the judge's accuser, Prof. Christine Blasey Ford.
Cornyn said that Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh will be questioned separately by a female Judiciary Committee staff attorney, and that Republican members will be free to question her as well.
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Democratic committee members, he said, will determine on their own how they will interrogate the two.
"The right thing to do is to listen to Ms. Ford on Thursday and let the process go forward," Cornyn said.
He said that if the committee is able to vote on Kavanaugh Friday, and approve his nomination, the full Senate will be able to vote as early as next Tuesday.
Cavuto asked about the slim majority in the 11-10 Republican-led committee. He noted that Member Jeff Flake of Arizona had expressed some concern several days ago.
Cornyn said that the committee has worked to accommodate Flake's concerns in how they set up the questioning of Ford and Kavanaugh.
He said he is confident that Flake, along with fellow moderate Republicans Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, will vote to confirm Kavanaugh as well in the full-Senate vote.
Cornyn said all Democratic members of the committee -- Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California, Richard Durbin of Illinois, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Chris Coons of Delaware, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey -- have but pledged to vote 'nay' on Kavanaugh's nomination.
Therefore, he agreed with Cavuto that Republican committee members cannot have a single defection.