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 GrassleyScandal in Puerto Rico threatens chance at statehood Poll: McConnell is most unpopular senator Democrat: Treasury 'acknowledged the unprecedented process' in Trump tax return rejection 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 FeinsteinTop Democrats demand security assessment of Trump properties Democrats warm to idea of studying reparations Hillicon Valley: Senators unload on Facebook cryptocurrency plan | Trump vows to 'take a look' at Google's ties to China | Google denies working with China's military | Tech execs on defensive at antitrust hearing | Bill would bar business with Huawei 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."