Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) called for delaying the confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh beyond the start of the court's next session. The Senate Judiciary Committee invited Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Ford, to appear before the panel Monday, but her attorney said that isn't possible. Republicans countered by offering a Wednesday hearing, but Ford's attorneys did not immediately respond.
Jones, on Twitter, responded by calling for another delay:
"Monday is an artificial timeline. There is nothing magical about the first week of October. It came and went in 2016. Republicans set the clock—and they can change it. The future of the Supreme Court is at stake. There is absolutely no reason to barrel ahead w/o all the facts."
Failing to confirm Kavanaugh would leave the court with eight justices, setting up the potential for tie votes.
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