Confirmation Hearings for Supreme Court Nominee to Begin Sept. 4
The Senate Judiciary Committee says confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will begin on September 4.
The Senate will begin the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on September 4.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Republican chairman of the Judiciary Committee, says the committee will launch up to four days of review that Tuesday, beginning with opening remarks from senators.
Kavanaugh will face questions Wednesday, September 5, followed by testimony from and legal experts and people who know the judge.
Republicans are eager to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee ahead of the new court session Oct. 1, as Justice Anthony Kennedy retires. Democrats have complained Republicans are rushing the process for the lifetime appointment without proper vetting of Kavanaugh's record.
Grassley said Friday there's "plenty of time" to review the documents but added it's time for Americans "to hear directly" from Kavanaugh.
"He's met with dozens of senators who have nothing but positive things to say," Sen. Grassley (R-IA) said in a statement. "At this current pace, we have plenty of time to review the rest of emails and other records that we will receive from President Bush and the National Archives. It's time for the American people to hear directly from Judge Kavanaugh at his public hearing."
Meanwhile, the first batch of documents from Kavanaugh's time in George W. Bush's White House was released on Thursday.
The 5,700 pages were posted on the Senate Judiciary Committee's website after being compiled by a lawyer representing the former president.
Senate Republicans and Democrats are engaged in a fierce dispute about how many documents from Kavanaugh's time in the Bush White House should be released.
Democrats complain that Bush's lawyer is selectively releasing documents on an expedited basis without oversight from the National Archives and Records Administration.
Lawmakers have previously posted thousands of other documents related to the 53-year-old, including his questionnaire and his court cases as an appellate judge.
President Trump nominated Kavanaugh on July 9th, after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement.
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