The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for Friday, according to a notice from the committee's Republican chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa.
Though Grassley said in a post on Twitter Tuesday evening that the Judiciary Committee vote would only take place "if we're ready to vote. If we aren't ready, we won't."
A Friday vote would force lawmakers to decide on President Donald Trump's nominee just one day after a much-anticipated hearing in which a woman who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault is expected to testify to lawmakers. That woman, Christine Blasey Ford, has been locked in negotiations with the committee's Republican staffers over the details of the hearing since shortly after coming forward with her accusation just over one week ago.
No hearing has been scheduled for a second woman, Deborah Ramirez, who also claims that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, and it is unclear if there will be one. John Clune, a lawyer for Ramirez, wrote in a post on Twitter Tuesday that Ramirez "remains adamant" that an FBI investigation is the appropriate venue to discuss her accusation.
The top ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee said scheduling a vote for Friday made it clear that "Republicans don't want this to be a fair process."