[Ed. – Cloture is normally the “real” make-or-break wicket. Although no bizarre development can be ruled out at this point, if the Republicans can get cloture — the close of debate and advance of the confirmation bill to a full Senate vote — that means the vote will go the same way.]
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed a motion Wednesday for a cloture vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, setting in motion the procedure that would usher in the first vote sometime Friday and the vote on the full Senate floor on Saturday. McConnell also announced that the on Kavanaugh was ready.
“This evening, the Senate will receive the results of the FBI’s supplemental background investigation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh,” McConnell said on the Senate floor Wednesday, and he said that senators would “have the opportunity to review the investigators’ records.”
Describing the review process as standard procedure, McConnell said that designated Judiciary Committee staffers with the required clearances would be authorized to brief members.