Republicans: Dems threatening move to end Kavanaugh hearing early

Republicans: Dems threatening move to end Kavanaugh hearing early
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The final day of questioning of President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE’s Supreme Court nominee may be cut short Thursday.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyHigh stakes as Trump, Dems open drug price talks Senate approves border bill that prevents shutdown Grassley raises voice after McConnell interrupts Senate speech MORE (R-Iowa) said Democrats had invoked a Senate rule to end Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing. 

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"I've been told that the Senate minority leader or someone on the Democratic Party has invoked the two-hour rule. So, if the two-hour rule is invoked nobody on this committee is going to have an opportunity to do what they want to do today," Grassley said. 

"It’s the last day he’s going to be here and so I hope you don’t invoke the two-hour rule."

Under the Senate rules, committees can't hold hearings for more than two hours while the Senate is in session without unanimous consent. 

The Senate comes into session at noon. If Democrats invoke the two-hour rule, the committee would have to break up its hearing by about 2 p.m.   

Grassley said the minority would likely object to Republican's request for unanimous consent for the committee to continue its work.

A spokesperson for Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerNational emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win House Judiciary Dems seek answers over Trump's national emergency declaration Mandatory E-Verify: The other border wall MORE (D-N.Y.) told The Hill, "Stay tuned."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDems ready aggressive response to Trump emergency order, as GOP splinters Green New Deal Resolution invites big picture governing ‘Contingency’ spending in 3B budget deal comes under fire MORE (R-Ky.) could adjourn the Senate sessions to get around the rule and allow the hearing to continue.

Democrats forced Republicans to adjourn Wednesday to protest Republicans' withholding of documents relating to Kavanaugh’s time in the White House under George W. Bush.

Jordain Carney contributed.