GOP ‘very close’ to reaching deal on Kavanaugh nomination

The Latest on Senate confirmation hearings, with special coverage on President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh (all times local): 12:30 p.m.

Republicans are “very close” to reaching a deal on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination, President Donald Trump said in an interview with CBS News.

Trump said the nominee’s confirmation is still in limbo amid a number of ongoing ethics investigations and allegations of sexual misconduct.

“Brett is still very much under investigation,” Trump said.

“We are very close to a deal.

We are not there yet.

But I think we are close.”

We are doing our best to make a deal, Trump added.

Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the deal early Thursday morning.

It was the latest sign of unity in the Senate, as lawmakers have been grappling with a number potential nominations amid multiple investigations into sexual misconduct allegations against powerful figures in the entertainment industry.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has said she would vote against Kavanaugh if he were to be confirmed.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has said he will vote against him if he’s confirmed.

A number of other Republicans, including Sen. Rand Paul, R of Kentucky, have said they will not vote for Kavanaugh even if he is confirmed.

Trump also called McConnell’s decision to hold off on a vote on Kavanaugh “crazy.”

“He said he was going to be ready for a vote.

I think he was lying,” Trump told CBS News’ Chuck Todd.

“He said, I’m not going to vote for Brett Kavanaugh.

Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee announced late Thursday that they will hold a confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh at the start of next week.”

I think he’s going to do that.”

Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee announced late Thursday that they will hold a confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh at the start of next week.

Trump on Thursday defended the process by which his Supreme Court pick was confirmed, saying he has no choice but to support him.

“The process is very, very unfair to Brett and to our country, but it’s also very unfair for him,” Trump argued.

“But I think I’m going to get on the case.

I’m gonna get on it.

He’s a brilliant judge.

I love Brett.

I respect him.

And I respect the judiciary.”

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