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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 GrassleyGOP plays hardball in race to confirm Trump's court picks Trump officials ratchet up drug pricing fight Dems angered by GOP plan to hold judicial hearings in October 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 CollinsManchin wrestles with progressive backlash in West Virginia Conservatives bankrolled and dominated Kavanaugh confirmation media campaign The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Health care a top policy message in fall campaigns MORE (R-Maine), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiPoll: Palin unpopular in Alaska following jab at Murkowski Conservatives bankrolled and dominated Kavanaugh confirmation media campaign Ex-Florida lawmaker leaves Republican Party MORE (R-Alaska), Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeCongress raises pressure on Saudi Arabia Flake says he and his family got death threats 'from the right' Trump boosts McSally, bashes Sinema in Arizona MORE (R-Ariz.) and Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinElection Countdown: Takeaways from heated Florida governor's debate | DNC chief pushes back on 'blue wave' talk | Manchin faces progressive backlash | Trump heads to Houston rally | Obama in Las Vegas | Signs of huge midterm turnout The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by PhRMA — Early ballots pouring in with 15 days to the midterms Manchin wrestles with progressive backlash in West Virginia 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 TrumpTrump to fundraise for 3 Republicans running for open seats: report Trump to nominate former Monsanto exec to top Interior position White House aides hadn’t heard of Trump's new tax cut: report 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.