Initial Senate vote on Kavanaugh nomination set for Friday

WION Web Team Washington, DC, USA Oct 04, 2018, 02.04 PM(IST)

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Photograph:( Reuters )

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moved to end debate on President Donald Trump's pick, who became the most controversial high court nominee in decades after multiple women came forward with allegations of sexual assault or misconduct against him.

The US Senate's Republican leadership moved forward with the confirmation process of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, setting up a Friday procedural vote and a final floor vote the next day.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moved to end debate on President Donald Trump's pick, who became the most controversial high court nominee in decades after multiple women came forward with allegations of sexual assault or misconduct against him.

The confirmation has come a day after reports suggested that the investigation probing the sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh neared completion. 

The Senate was expected to receive the report either late on Wednesday or early on Thursday and senators were to be granted access to review it during the day on Thursday.

"There'll be plenty of time for members to review and be briefed on the supplemental material before a Friday cloture vote," Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor.

If Kavanaugh clears Friday's procedural hurdle, that would set up a final confirmation vote as early as Saturday. 

Members will be permitted to view the report in a secure room in the US Capitol and be briefed by staff, but the expectation is they will not be provided copies of the document.

Republican and Democratic senators alike have called for at least a summary of the FBI findings to be made public.

(With inputs from agencies)