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 TrumpSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Ex-Trump staffer out at CNN amid “false and defamatory accusations” Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her MORE’s Supreme Court nominee may be cut short Thursday.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleySenate panel reaches tentative deal for Kavanaugh accuser to testify Thursday Kavanaugh accuser agrees to testify next week Aide for GOP involved in Kavanaugh nomination resigns after past sexual harassment allegation surfaces 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 SchumerTrump, GOP regain edge in Kavanaugh battle READ: President Trump’s exclusive interview with Hill.TV The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump slams Sessions in exclusive Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation MORE (D-N.Y.) told The Hill, "Stay tuned."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDoug Jones to McConnell: Don't 'plow right through' with Kavanaugh Kavanaugh accuser agrees to testify next week GOP, Kavanaugh accuser struggle to reach deal 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.