Get BlazeTV

Breaking: Republicans schedule vote for Kavanaugh confirmation - and Democrats are outraged

Republicans scheduled a vote for the confirmation of Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh for Friday, an action that elicited ire from Democrats. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Republicans have scheduled the vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation for Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. — just one day after his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, is set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Democrats are outraged

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who first forwarded the letter of accusation against Kavanaugh to the FBI, expressed outrage at the scheduling of the vote.

"For Republicans to schedule a Friday vote on Brett Kavanaugh today, two days before Dr. Blasey Ford has had a chance to tell her story," Feinstein said in a statement, "is outrageous."

"First Republicans demanded Dr. Blasey Ford testify immediately. Now Republicans don't even need to hear her before they move ahead with a vote," she continued. "It's clear to me that Republicans don't want this to be a fair process."

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) tweeted that scheduling the vote on Friday was a "sham."

"Republicans just announced a committee vote on Kavanaugh at 9:30 AM on Friday," Harris tweeted, "less than 20 hours after Thursday’s hearing ends."

"This means little to no chance for the American people to contact them and weigh in," she concluded. "This is a sham."

'If we aren’t ready, we won’t.'

Grassley indicated from his social media account that he was merely following rules about scheduling the vote, but that it was subject to change after Ford's testimony.

"[Judiciary Committee] noticed POTENTIAL [executive meeting] for Friday. Still taking this [one] step at a time," he tweeted.

"After [hearing] Dr Ford & Judge Kavanaugh’s testimony- if we‘re ready to vote, we will vote," he added. "If we aren’t ready, we won’t."

"[Committee] rules normally require 3 days notice so we‘re following regular order," he explained.

Grassley had already denied Tuesday a demand from Feinstein that the testimony from Ford be delayed in order to pursue other allegations from a second accuser that was published in The New Yorker.

Here are the latest developments in the Kavanaugh controversy:

One last thing…
Watch TheBlaze live and on demand on any device, anywhere, anytime.
try premium
Exclusive video
All Videos
Watch BlazeTV on your favorite device, anytime, anywhere.
Subscribe Now
Daily News Highlights

Get the news that matters most delivered directly to your inbox.