Kavanaugh process may take Senate into weekend

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans are considering a weekend session to begin the process of voting on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

A final vote on Kavanaugh could come early next week, according to a GOP aide not authorized to discuss the plans on the record and who insisted on anonymity.

Kavanaugh is set to appear Thursday for a Judiciary Committee hearing with Christine Blasey Ford, who accuses him of sexual assault when they were teens. Kavanaugh denies the allegation.

After the hearing, the Judiciary panel could vote as soon as Friday on whether to recommend Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the full Senate. Then the Senate could take up the nomination over the weekend. Senators are being told to keep their schedules open.

Republicans worry that prolonging the process for Kavanaugh would open him to more rumors and accusations about his past, which they say are being orchestrated by Democrats.