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The Senate Judiciary Committee meets Friday to discuss whether to advance Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, only hours after dramatic testimony about a sexual assault accusation against the appeals judge concluded.
A vote was initially expected in the morning, but it is now scheduled for 1:30 p.m. ET.
Arizona Republican Jeff Flake, who had been undecided, announced Friday he was voting to confirm Kavanaugh. Yet, drama erupted ahead of the scheduled vote time, as Flake huddled with Democratic senators.
Republicans hold an 11-10 majority on the panel and aim to move Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate as quickly as possible.
If Republicans confirm the 53-year-old federal judge, it will help them to potentially establish a conservative majority on the top U.S. court for decades to come.