WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that each U.S. senator — and no one else — would get a copy of the FBI report on sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
McConnell repeated that he expected a vote this week in the full Senate on President Donald Trump's nominee, a conservative federal appeals court judge.
"What I can tell you with certainty is we'll have an FBI report this week and we'll have a vote this week," McConnell told reporters at the Capitol.
The report, McConnell added, "will be made available to each senator and only senators will be allowed to look at it. That's the way these reports are always handled."
McConnell would not elaborate on whether the vote would be procedural or a vote to confirm Kavanaugh, but he said he would fight any Democratic attempts to delay it.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Democrats would ask only for adequate time to review the results of the FBI report before they vote.
He dismissed accusations that Democrats were trying to delay the vote, noting that it was moderate Republicans in the Senate who slowed the Kavanaugh confirmation process in the past week.
"The minority has no power to delay, none," Schumer said.
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