Murkowski: Committee 'might' need to consider delaying Kavanaugh vote
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GOP Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Senate Republicans confident they'll win fight on witnesses Tensions between McConnell and Schumer run high as trial gains momentum MORE (Alaska) says the Judiciary Committee "might" need to consider delaying a vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after a woman accusing him of sexual assault spoke publicly for the first time about the allegation. 
 
"Well, I think that might be something they might have to consider, at least having that discussion," Murkowski told CNN late Sunday night asked if the Judiciary Committee should delay a vote on Kavanaugh. 
 
"This is not something that came up during the hearings. The hearings are now over, and if there is real substance to this, it demands a response. That may be something the committee needs to look into," Murkowski continued. 
 
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The Senate Judiciary Committee, which Murkowski is not a member of, is currently scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday. 
 
Republicans hold a majority on the committee and, if they could stick together, could report Kavanaugh's nomination to the floor favorably this week without help from Democrats. 
 
But several GOP senators have indicated they are open to hearing from Christine Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh's accuser, after she discussed the alleged incident with The Washington Post in a story published on Sunday. 
 
GOP Sens. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerRNC says ex-Trump ambassador nominee's efforts 'to link future contributions to an official action' were 'inappropriate' Lindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Nareit — White House cheers Republicans for storming impeachment hearing MORE (Tenn.) and Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeThe Hill's 12:30 Report: House managers to begin opening arguments on day two Flake: Republicans don't speak out against Trump 'because they want to keep their jobs' GOP senator calls CNN reporter a 'liberal hack' when asked about Parnas materials MORE (Ariz.), two vocal Trump critics who are retiring after 2018, both indicated they believe the Judiciary Committee should wait to hear from Ford before moving forward. 
 
Ford told the Post that during a party in the early 1980s Kavanaugh "groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it."
 
Kavanaugh has denied the alleged incident, which Ford says took place when they were both in high school. 
 
Murkowski is one of a handful of moderate undecided senators whose decision on Kavanaugh will determine if, and when, he is confirmed. 
 
Democrats need to win over two GOP senators and keep their own caucus united if they want to block Kavanaugh. 
 
A growing number of Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer urges declassification of letter from Pence aide No rush to judgment on Trump — it's been ongoing since Election Day Collins walks impeachment tightrope MORE (D-N.Y.), want a vote on Kavanaugh to be postponed so the allegation can be investigated.