Republicans haven’t officially made the decision to press forward with federal judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, but they appear likely to have the votes to do so.
Three key Republican senators have fallen in line with the arguments put forward by their colleagues. They said that Christine Blasey Ford has been given a chance to share the story of her accusation against Kavanaugh in a hearing setting, and encouraged her to testify – even without the FBI investigation she says must come first.
“Republicans extended a hand in good faith,” said Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who was among the first senators to call for a pause in Kavanaugh’s confirmation when Ford came forward. “If we don’t hear from both sides on Monday, let’s vote.”
The first senator to issue such a call was Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. Late Tuesday, he encouraged Ford to testify and noted that the Republican-controlled committee has offered her a private session.