Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to begin Sept. 4

Marsha Scott
August 13, 2018

The questioning of Judge Kavanaugh will begin on Wednesday, September 5. Chuck Grassley. Kavanaugh's appearance will be followed by testimony from legal experts and people who know the judge.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.), the Judiciary Committee's top Democrat, raised concerns about a "lack of transparency" in releasing Kavanaugh's papers in a new letter to Grassley on Friday. "He has a record of judicial independence and applying the law as it is written", Grassley said.

Kavanaugh has amassed a solidly conservative judicial record as an appeals court judge for 12 years.

"He's met with dozens of senators who have nothing but positive things to say", Grassley, an Iowa Republican, said in a statement. Kavanaugh spent over five years in the White House under President George W. Bush, first as White House Counsel and then as Staff Secretary, and has more than 4 million documents in his record from that time.

"Judge Kavanaugh looks forward to addressing the Judiciary Committee in public hearings for the American people to view", Shah said. "They seem to be more frightened of this nominee's record and history than any we've ever considered". The panel has additionally received 174,000 pages from his work for Bush in the White House counsel's office. "The committee also expects to receive hundreds of thousands of additional pages of Executive Branch documents", the Judiciary Committee released.

"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.

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Every day, Republican obstruction of Kavanaugh's record gets worse and worse. This extends the timeline that was set for the committee's consideration of Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Neil Gorsuch.

"Republicans just announced that they are scheduling a hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh starting on September 4", Harris said.

Republicans are eager to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee ahead of the new court session October 1, as Justice Anthony Kennedy retires. Kavanaugh's role in President Bush's controversial torture policy and treatment of War on Terror detainees will likely be a heated issue in his confirmation process.

Democrats, led by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY and Sen. They want to wait on a vote until they get access to a trove of records from Kavanaugh's time in the George W. Bush administration. There have been at least four Justices nominated and confirmed in midterm election years.

But the documents have been a major point of contention in the Senate.

Leading Democrats in the Senate immediately questioned Republicans' motives for the timing of the confirmation hearing. Democrats' attempts to obstruct Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation will be on fully display.

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