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 GrassleyOn The Money: Smaller tax refunds put GOP on defensive | Dems question IRS on new tax forms | Warren rolls out universal child care proposal | Illinois governor signs bill for minimum wage Smaller tax refunds put GOP on defensive High stakes as Trump, Dems open drug price talks 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.


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

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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 TrumpTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset McCabe: Trump ‘undermining the role of law enforcement’ 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.