The Senate Judiciary Committee might vote on moving forward Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate at 9:30 a.m. ET on Friday, Politico reports, citing a notice sent by the committee.
But committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, tweeted no final decision has been made:
"Judic Cmte noticed POTENTIAL exec mtg for Friday. Still taking this 1 step at a time. 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."
Earlier Tuesday, a top Republican on the committee the panel aims for its confirmation vote Friday — and then a full Senate vote next Tuesday.
In remarks on Fox News' "Your World With Neil Cavuto," Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the Senate's Majority Whip, said "We don't see any advantage in continuing for the judge to be continued to be dangled out there."
"The vote on the Judiciary Committee could be as early as Friday," he said. "If that happens, then we will go to the floor and that process will take us until Tuesday for a final vote."
"We think the right thing to do is listen to [Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey] Ford, as we will on Thursday, but then let the process go forward," he added.
Cornyn declared concerns of some GOP members for fairness to Ford at Thursday's Senate hearing — including Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariza., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska — have been addressed.
"We have been talking to them on a daily basis," he said. "Many of the accommodations we have made and arrangements for how Dr. Ford will provide her testimony came at their suggestion. So, they are doing their due diligence. . . . But my hope is after that we can then move to a vote in the Judiciary Committee on Friday and then to the Senate floor."
Fox News reported ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said Ford might not testify after all. Fox also reported Kavanaugh's second accuser, Deborah Ramirez, has said she will not testify.
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