The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee is refusing to take a position on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Instead, the chairman of the committee, Sen. Lindsey Graham Lindsey Olin GrahamGraham attacks Trump over Kavanaugh and Ford testimony Republicans shift course after outside counsel falters MORE (S.C.), said he will consider the nomination if the panel can confirm the nominee without a vote from Democrats.
The decision comes as Republican senators prepare to debate Kavanaugh’s nomination in the next few weeks.
The White House and Republican leaders are hoping to delay any potential vote on Kavanaugh, and Democrats have indicated they will oppose the nominee.
President Trump on Monday morning slammed the Senate’s Democratic minority leader for not voting to confirm Kavanaugh, calling it a “big problem” that could cost Republicans the Senate.
Democrats are already under pressure to vote against Kavanaugh, a lawyer for women who has faced sexual misconduct allegations against him.
Democrats have said they plan to block a confirmation vote in the Senate, and the GOP has indicated they may not hold a filibuster.
The president on Tuesday took to Twitter to slam Graham and called the Republican senators “hypocrites” and “losers.”
I’m going to hold you accountable.
The American people deserve better.
They deserve a president who takes the issue of sexual assault seriously, and who listens to the people who represent them.
The Associated Press contributed.