Speaker John Boehner John Andrew BoehnerTrump administration should be impeached over Russia investigation Republicans push forward on Russia probe MORE (R-Ohio) said Thursday that House GOP leadership is “close” to a deal on Kavanaugh and will “continue to work with our colleagues on the other side.”
House Republicans will meet on Thursday to hash out a deal to end the investigation into allegations that he sexually assaulted multiple women.
They have not yet agreed on a timeline.
Democrats on Thursday called on the president to withdraw his nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, a conservative nominee who is seen as a strong supporter of the Trump administration’s stance on immigration and anti-abortion legislation.
Republicans in the Senate on Wednesday rejected a bipartisan effort by Democratic Sens.
Amy Klobuchar Amy Jean Klobu-Chin KlobucchiSchumer: Trump ‘totally vindicated’ in Kavanaugh hearing Democrats ‘will not let it go without a fight’ on Kavanaugh MORE (D-Minn.) and Sheldon Whitehouse Sheldon WhiteHouse Dems push for probe of Trump’s Russia ties in wake of Kavanaugh allegations Republicans push for Kavanaugh probe of ‘Trump administration officials’ in wake-of Kavanaugh allegations MORE (S-R.I.) to hold a special hearing into allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh.
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted to hold its first hearing into accusations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh, which will include witnesses from the accuser’s own account.
The president’s nomination is seen by some Republicans as a potential hindrance to their bid to confirm Kavanaugh.
Sen. Bob Casey Robert (Bob) Patrick CaseyDems push back on Trump over Kavanaugh accusations Republicans push bill to expand gun safety legislation Hillicon Valley: Trump to hold fundraiser for Senate Democrats | House Dems to send Trump’s Cabinet pick to Capitol Hill MORE (Pa.), a Trump ally, on Wednesday told The Hill that Republicans will “move fast” to block Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
He said that he will not allow the committee to be “a tool of the Democratic Party.”
“We are going to move fast.
And I’m going to tell you we will move with all of the urgency that we have to move quickly and we will not let this happen,” Casey said.
The GOP has been working on a plan to end a Senate investigation into the allegations, but it is unclear whether that would include a special Senate hearing.
The White House said Thursday the president “will not be able to ignore” the committee’s investigation and will not participate in it.
“This investigation is about much more than the President’s reputation,” Whitehouse said.
“It is about the rule of law, the independence of the judiciary, and the integrity of our democracy.”
Sen. Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerTrump, Dems pull Supreme Court nominee: I will not vote for Kavanaugh Schumer: Kavanaugh should withdraw over sexual misconduct allegations MORE(D-N.Y.), the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary panel, said he has been told by Whitehouse that the White House is “not prepared to meet with” the panel.
“It’s been an extremely productive, productive meeting, and we’re looking forward to working with you to move forward with your committee investigation,” Schumer said.
“The President’s participation in this investigation is the only reason why the Senate Committee on the Judiciary exists, and that’s because the President and the Senate are so committed to doing everything possible to hold Brett Kavanaugh accountable for his actions.”
A bipartisan group of senators has sent a letter to Trump calling on him to end his investigation into Kavanaugh, and Democrats on the panel have urged him to hold hearings on the allegations.