Grassley: 'We won't know how it's going to go until everybody casts their vote'

Grassley: 'We won't know how it's going to go until everybody casts their vote'
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Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Horowitz did not find evidence Obama asked for probe of Trump Live coverage: DOJ inspector general testifies on Capitol Hill MORE (R-Iowa) said he is unsure if Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh has the votes to get confirmed to the high court. 

“Our leader said yesterday this is one of the few times in the United States Senate we won’t know how it’s going to go until everybody’s cast their vote,” he told “Fox & Friends” Friday morning.

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“As of now, I don’t really know, and I don’t know if anyone else does,” he added. 

Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsDemocrats spend big to put Senate in play Senate confirms Trump's 50th circuit judge, despite 'not qualified' rating Republicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial MORE (R-Maine), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiPotential Dem defectors face pressure on impeachment The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - A crucial week on impeachment Senate braces for brawl on Trump impeachment rules MORE (R-Alaska), Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeLindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Kelly, McSally virtually tied in Arizona Senate race: poll The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Nareit — White House cheers Republicans for storming impeachment hearing MORE (R-Ariz.) and Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinManchin warns he'll slow-walk government funding bill until he gets deal on miners legislation Krystal Ball: Is this how Bernie Sanders will break the establishment? Potential Dem defectors face pressure on impeachment MORE (D-W.Va.) have yet to publicly announce how they intend to vote.

But Collins and Flake expressed satisfaction with an FBI inquiry into sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh, saying they believed the investigation was thorough.

A vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation will likely be held this weekend.

The allegations from three women have upended what the GOP hoped would be a smooth confirmation hearing. Kavanaugh issued a fiery denial of the accusations at a hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee last week in which he called the allegations planned “smears” and “revenge on behalf of the Clintons.” 

Grassley agreed with the claim that the opposition to Kavanaugh is partisan.

“You’ve heard about the resistance since November 2016. You’re seeing the resistance headquarters right here on Capitol Hill, all among Democrats,” he said.

Those comments followed the arrest of 302 anti-Kavanaugh protesters on Capitol Hill yesterday and echoed those President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE made Friday morning on Twitter in which he criticized protesters, including many who say they were survivors of sexual assault, who were confronting senators in person to persuade them to vote against Kavanaugh. 

“The very rude elevator screamers are paid professionals only looking to make Senators look bad. Don’t fall for it! Also, look at all of the professionally made identical signs. Paid for by Soros and others. These are not signs made in the basement from love! #Troublemakers,” he said.

Trump provided no evidence for his claim.