McConnell 'confident we’re going to win' on Kavanaugh

McConnell 'confident we’re going to win' on Kavanaugh
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHillary Clinton: Voter suppression has led to 'crisis in democracy' in the US New York Times authors blame Kavanaugh correction on editing error: 'There was zero intent to mislead' The Hill's Morning Report - What is Trump's next move on Iran? MORE (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that the Senate will confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court even as President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness, ballots and battling opioids: Why the Universal Postal Union benefits the US Sanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth MORE's pick currently lacks the support needed. 

Asked if he had the votes to confirm Kavanaugh, McConnell told reporters that he believed the nominee would be approved to succeed former Justice Anthony Kennedy. 

“We’re going to be moving forward. I’m confident we’re going to win, confident that he’ll be confirmed in the very near future,” McConnell told reporters. 

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McConnell's comments come as two sexual misconduct allegations have thrown Kavanaugh's nomination into chaos

Kavanaugh is scheduled to testify on Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee alongside Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of holding her down on a bed and trying to remove her clothing during a high school party in the early 1980s. 

A second woman, Deborah Ramirez, says Kavanaugh exposed himself to her when they were at Yale, resulting in her touching his genitals without her consent.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations from both women.

He remains short of the simple majority needed to be confirmed. A group of GOP swing votes, including Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Congress passes bill to begin scenic byways renaissance MORE (Maine) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiMcConnell lashes out at Democrats over 'unhinged' criticism of Kavanaugh The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Overnight Energy: Trump administration to repeal waterway protections| House votes to block drilling in Arctic refuge| Administration takes key step to open Alaskan refuge to drilling by end of year MORE (Alaska), are expected to wait until after Thursday to make their decision. 

McConnell did not specify when Kavanaugh's nomination will come to the Senate floor, except that they would take it up in the "near future." 

But senators signaled on Tuesday that the Senate could take up the nomination as soon as next week, though they stressed that the situation remains fluid. 

If the Judiciary Committee votes on Kavanaugh's nomination on Friday, the Senate could try to wrap up the nomination as soon as next week. 

Sen. John CornynJohn CornynOn The Money: NY prosecutors subpoena eight years of Trump tax returns | Senators struggle to get spending bills off ground as shutdown looms | Progressive tax-the-rich push gains momentum | Trump faces dwindling leverage with China Senators struggle to get spending bills off ground as shutdown looms The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation MORE (R-Texas) told reporters on Tuesday that he hopes the committee votes on Friday and predicted the Senate will be in session through the weekend to run out the procedural clock on Kavanaugh. 

Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyWe've lost sight of the real scandal Grassley: Kavanaugh classmate didn't contact Senate panel State Dept sent explosive-detection dogs to Jordan despite evidence of mistreatment: report MORE (R-Iowa) has not announced a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination. He would need to issue notice on the vote Tuesday in order for it to take place on Friday.