Senate committee vote on Kavanaugh delayed until next week

The Senate Judiciary Committee is delaying a vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh until next week.

Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyLighthizer starts GOP charm offensive on Trump trade deal Bottom line Graham: FBI investigation in 2016 turned into a 'criminal conspiracy' MORE (R-Iowa) said at the start of a committee business meeting on Thursday that Kavanaugh's nomination would be held over.

"[We're] holding over the nomination of Kavanaugh," Grassley said.


The committee voted 11-10, along party lines, to hold a vote at 1:45 p.m. next Thursday.

The move was widely expected. Under committee rules, any one member can delay a nomination the first time it appears on the panel's agenda, as Kavanaugh's nomination was on Thursday.

But the meeting quickly threatened to go off the rails, with Democrats arguing the committee was supposed to vote to adjourn before Grassley held over Kavanaugh's nomination.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) argued that his motion to adjourn should have been the first thing that took place on Thursday.

"We lack the time, we lack the documents and we need witnesses before we can proceed further with this meeting," Blumenthal said.

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinHouston police chief excoriates McConnell, Cornyn and Cruz on gun violence Life after Yucca Mountain: The time has come to reset US nuclear waste policy Giffords, Demand Justice to pressure GOP senators to reject Trump judicial pick MORE (D-Calif.) added that she did not understand Republicans' "rush to judgment" on Kavanaugh.

"I think taking the time and really being able to make the assessment that are needed to be made is really critical and important," she added.

If Democrats had been successful, the move would have further delayed the committee's vote, which is now expected to take place next week.

But Grassley noted that he had already held over Kavanaugh's nomination.

"I had the floor. I did what any one member of this committee can do, hold over the nomination of Kavanaugh. I've done that," he said.

The back-and-forth between Grassley and Blumenthal came after Democrats tried to similarly adjourn Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing last week. But Grassley, at the time, warned that it was out of order.

Blumenthal, who ultimately withdrew his motion to adjourn, described himself as attending Thursday's meeting "under protest" and that Republicans were running the meeting with a "fundamental unfairness."

"This nomination is going to be tainted," he said. "It will be stained by a badly broken process."