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Senate Judiciary Committee Schedules Friday Vote On Kavanaugh Nomination

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, revealed Tuesday the committee is currently scheduled to vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court on Friday.

A vote on Friday would come just a day after Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is due to testify before the committee regarding her allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh.

In a post on Twitter, Grassley noted committee rules normally require three days notice before a vote is held but suggested the vote could be delayed if members aren't ready to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.

"Judic Cmte noticed POTENTIAL exec mtg for Friday. Still taking this 1 step at a time," Grassley tweeted. "After hrg Dr Ford & Judge Kavanaugh's testimony- if we're ready to vote, we will vote. If we aren't ready, we won't. Cmte rules normally require 3 days notice so we're following regular order."

Responding to the news, Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., called it "outrageous" for Republicans to schedule a Friday vote two days before Ford has had a chance to tell her story.

"First Republicans demanded Dr. Blasey Ford testify immediately. Now Republicans don't even need to hear her before they move ahead with a vote," Feinstein said. "It's clear to me that Republicans don't want this to be a fair process."

Ford and Kavanaugh are both scheduled to testify on Thursday, although the committee is not currently scheduled to hear from a second woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

In an earlier statement, Grassley said he has asked Rachel Mitchell, a career prosecutor with decades of experience prosecuting sex crimes, to question Ford and Kavanaugh.

"The goal is to de-politicize the process and get to the truth, instead of grandstanding and giving senators an opportunity to launch their presidential campaigns," Grassley said. "I'm very appreciative that Rachel Mitchell has stepped forward to serve in this important and serious role."

He added, "I've taken this additional step to have questions asked by expert staff counsel to establish the most fair and respectful treatment of the witnesses possible."

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