Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are planning to go ahead with a scheduled vote on Friday to determine whether to recommend Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, for a full Senate vote, according to reporting from the Hill.
Republicans stepped out of a caucus meeting on Thursday evening, hours after a tumultuous and emotional day of hearings involving Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, a Palo Alto University psychology professor who alleged that Kavanaugh assaulted her in high school more than 35 years ago, per previous reporting from Inquisitr.
Republicans exited the meeting seemingly optimistic about the vote, although at least one senator from their party who is part of the Judiciary Committee, Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, was still undecided.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters he was “very optimistic we’re going to succeed” in confirming Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, he said. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) echoed those sentiments.