The Wall Street Journal: Procedural vote on Kavanagh set for Friday, final vote could come Saturday

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WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set up a Friday procedural vote on Brett Kavanaugh as senators prepared to scrutinize an FBI report into allegations of sexual assault against the Supreme Court nominee.

McConnell, R., Ky., said the Senate would receive the FBI supplemental background investigation into Kavanaugh late Wednesday, giving senators time to review the bureau’s findings before voting later this week.

Friday’s vote could show whether the nominee has the 50 votes he would need for confirmation, with Republican Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie. If Republicans prevail on Friday, a final vote could come as early as Saturday.

GOP senators said they expected the FBI to submit that report by late Wednesday and that they would study it in a secure viewing area on Thursday. McConnell has said the report won’t be made public, and it isn’t expected to draw explicit conclusions about the truth of the allegations, so senators could take different messages from it.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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