Thursday’s day-long hearing with Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh won’t change the schedule for a Supreme Court nomination vote, Republican senators said late that evening.
Republican senators said Thursday night that the Judiciary Committee will vote Friday morning, following Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), who said the GOP would meet and “see where we are.”
It’s still unclear if the GOP have enough votes to move Kavanaugh’s nomination through, with Republican Sens. Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Jeff Flake and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin still saying they are undecided.
Cornyn told reporters that he’s “optimistic” that Kavanaugh will make it out of the committee.
The first procedural vote is scheduled to take place Saturday on the Senate floor.
Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University, accused Kavanaugh of trying to rape her at a house party during high school in the early 1980s and repeated those allegations in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday.
“To what degree of certainty do you believe Brett Kavanaugh assaulted you?” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) asked.
“100%,” she responded.
Kavanaugh denied the accusations.