Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has said that he expects to confirm Brett Kavanaugh before the end of the year.
But as the clock ticks down, a number of senators have said that they would not hold hearings, which could result in a delay in Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
Here are some things you need to know:1.
Is Kavanaugh going to be confirmed?
The Senate has 52 Republicans and 48 Democrats.
The Republicans are expected to confirm Kavanaugh in a simple majority vote, but some Democrats are saying that they will not support the confirmation.
Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) is among those senators who have said they will vote against the confirmation of Kavanaugh, according to Politico.
Coons has previously said that Kavanaugh would be a “serial child molester” and said that his “moral compass” was “in the wrong place.”2.
Why are Democrats opposed to Kavanaugh?
Democrats have repeatedly said that the Judiciary Committee should vote on the nomination and have called on President Donald Trump to withdraw from the race.
This week, Democratic senators from Massachusetts and New Jersey, who have also criticized the Judiciary Department, sent a letter to Trump asking that the nomination be withdrawn.
They said that if the nominee does not receive the support of at least eight Democrats, it would be the “least productive way to move forward.”
The letter was signed by Sens.
Al Franken (D), Elizabeth Warren (D) and Tammy Baldwin (D).3.
Why is Kavanaugh accused of sexual assault?
There have been allegations of sexual misconduct by Brett Kavanaugh and others.
But there has been no formal charges, nor have there been any corroborating witnesses.
In fact, several women have come forward to say that they did not witness the alleged sexual assault.
For example, a woman named Christine Blasey Ford told NBC News that she was at a party when Kavanaugh allegedly grabbed her by the throat, groped her, pushed her against a wall and then put his hand up her skirt.
Ford has said in interviews that she did not recall what happened.
Ford also said that she believed Kavanaugh was a “victim.”
Ford’s account came after the Senate Judiciary Committee announced that it was launching an investigation into the matter, but she has not been named in the charges against Kavanaugh.4.
Does Kavanaugh need a special prosecutor?
Democrats are also asking that a special counsel be appointed to look into the allegations against Kavanaugh because the Judiciary and Justice departments have not been able to come up with a “compelling” case against Kavanaugh that would justify a grand jury.
The Senate Judiciary and Judiciary Committee have also been unable to reach a deal on a resolution to the Senate Ethics Committee’s probe into the case.5.
What is the Senate’s schedule?
Senate Democrats have scheduled a vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination on Monday.
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R) is scheduled to make the announcement on Tuesday morning.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D)-NY (DCA) said that a procedural vote will be held in the Senate on Wednesday.
Schumer has also said he would hold a vote Wednesday afternoon, but Senate Republicans have said otherwise.
The vote will likely be split between Democrats and Republicans, and it is not expected to produce a vote.
The Judiciary Committee will then hold a hearing on Kavanaugh on Thursday morning, followed by a vote to end debate on the confirmation on Friday morning.
Democrats have not indicated that they are ready to hold a special vote on Friday to allow the Judiciary to review its investigation.