Senate Judiciary announces Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing

It's Official The Date for Judge Kavanaugh's Supreme Court Hearing Has Been Set

Brett Kavanaugh and his entourage.

He expects the hearings to last between three to four days. "He's a mainstream judge". To date, Sen. Grassley has only requested a fraction of these records from Kavanaugh's time as White House Counsel, completely disregarding the vast majority of the records archived. "He's met with dozens of senators who have nothing but positive things to say", Grassley said in a statement.

While Democrats have argued that Republicans are rushing the process for the lifetime appointment without proper vetting, Grassley took the opposite position on Friday, adding that at their 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".

"Rather than being honest and forthright with the American people about Donald Trump's extreme nominee for the Supreme Court, Senator Grassley and Senate Republicans are trying to rush Brett Kavanaugh through before anyone can see the full truth about his views". The questioning of Judge Kavanaugh will begin on Wednesday, September 5.

So far, the committee has made public Kavanaugh's 17,000-page questionnaire and his more than 300 court cases as an appellate judge.

"Every day, Republican obstruction of Kavanaugh's record gets worse and worse", said Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader on Thursday.

Kavanaugh's lengthy paper trail has become a part of a tit-for-tat between Republicans and Democrats in an increasingly tense political battle over his confirmation. Opening statements by Judiciary Committee members and the nominee will occur on Tuesday, September 4.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, released a statement on Friday calling Kavanaugh "exceptionally well-qualified" and "a fair arbiter of the law". But thousands of pages - which are a fraction of all the documents from Kavanaugh's tenure as Bush's associate White House counsel - that have already been given to the committee are still considered "committee confidential", which means no one outside the panel's senators and staff can review them.

"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. His confirmation will require a simple majority in the 100-seat Senate, where Republicans hold a 51-49 edge over Democrats and independents.

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