Kavanaugh Hearing Date Set for September 4 in Senate

13 August, 2018, 00:01 | Author: Myra Gill
  • It's Official The Date for Judge Kavanaugh's Supreme Court Hearing Has Been Set

Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley announced that the hearing would begin September 4, less than two months after President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh July 9 to replace retired justice Anthony Kennedy.

Grassley said he expects the hearing to last three or four days. "He'll get confirmed", he told the radio station WKDZ. "He has a record of judicial independence and applying the law as it is written", Grassley said.

"Republicans" mad rush to hold this hearing after unilaterally deciding to block almost all of Judge Kavanaugh's records from public release is further evidence that they are hiding important information from the American people, and continues to raise the question, "What are they hiding?'" Schumer said in a statement. Before he can assume the lifetime job on the nine-member court, the Republican-controlled Senate must vote to confirm him. The Judiciary Committee said they only plan to release 125,000 documents total.

"Liberal Democrats don't need more time to review Judge Kavanaugh's record".

August 10: Senator Grassley announces that Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings will be held September 4-6, 2018. The panel has additionally received 174,000 pages from his work for Bush in the White House counsel's office.


The schedule is typical for a high court nominee, but because Kavanaugh, 53, spent five years working in the White House during George W. Bush's administration, Republicans and Democrats continue to feud over what could be more than 1 million pages of documents.

August 2: The National Archives said it will take until the end of October 2018 to produce just the documents Sen. The committee acknowledged that the Bush screening team decided which records to disclose for public review, a move panned by Democrats. Dianne Feinstein of California, said scheduling the hearing before the documents are ready "is not only unprecedented but a new low in Republican efforts to stack the courts".

The White House on Friday welcomed the news of a set date for confirmation hearings.

"With the Senate already reviewing more documents than for any other Supreme Court nominee in history, Chairman Grassley has lived up to his promise to lead an open, transparent and fair process", said White House spokesman Raj Shah. Kavanaugh himself described his time as Staff Secretary as "among the most instructive" experiences to his work as a federal court judge.

Leading Democrats in the Senate immediately questioned Republicans' motives for the timing of the confirmation hearing. Grassley scheduled the hearings before Kavanaugh's records have been released. That said, Kavanaugh supporters are targeting several Democratic senators up for re-election this year from states Trump won in 2016 as possible "yes" votes. "They have no excuse to obstruct his prompt confirmation".

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