Senate Judiciary Committee Decides Whether Kavanaugh's Nomination Will Return to Senate for a Vote

September 28, 2018Sep 28, 2018

A decision has come out of the Senate Judiciary Committee about whether or not Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court will be brought back to the Senate floor for a vote. The vote was delayed for two hours before going forward at 11:30 pm E.T.

This decision comes after the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the accusations of sexual assault brought against President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Earlier on Friday, members of the committee took time to make their "closing arguments." 

Democrats argued that moving forward on this vote would tell women that they can't report their assaults. Republicans, on the other hand, said they had sympathy with the accuser—saying they believed she was assaulted by someone—but they believed this was just another attack by partisan politicians to derail a vote and hurt an innocent man. 

On Thursday, the committee interviewed Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. She presented her testimony, detailing what she said allegedly happened during their time in high school. After Dr. Blasey Ford gave her testimony, Judge Kavanaugh gave his testimony. He presented what President Trump called "compelling" testimony.

After hours of testimony, the committee met once again on Friday to vote on the motion to report the nomination to the floor. They voted 11 ayes-10 nays on passing the nomination out of committee back to the Senate floor.

They voted strictly along party lines. Even Senator Flake, who was a swing vote, voted to pass it back to the Senate. However, he asked for there to be a week delay on the vote for the FBI to perform an investigation.

It's unclear when the vote on Judge Kavanaugh will move forward. We will update you as more information is released. 

In related news, read Kavanaugh's opening statement and see his wife's response to the testimony