Mitch McConnell moves Senate closer to vote on Kavanaugh nomination

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Final vote could come Saturday as majority leader takes next step, while lawmakers await results of FBI investigation

As Capitol Hill braced on Wednesday for the results of an FBI investigation into allegations of sexual assault against Donald Trump’s supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, moved the Senate closer to a vote on his nomination.

The move by the Republican leader sets up a critical Friday that could determine whether Kavanaugh is seated on the supreme court. Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority in the Senate and a simple majority is needed to advance his nomination. A final vote could come Saturday.

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