Trump's Supreme Court nominee to have confirmation hearing September 4

Erika Holt
August 13, 2018

Grassley has previously said Kavanaugh's vetting process is probably the "deepest dive" ever conducted on a Supreme Court nominee.

The first day of hearings will be dedicated to opening statements from senators. "He's a mainstream judge. It's time for the American people to hear directly from Judge Kavanaugh at his public hearing", Grassley said in his statement announcing the hearing. She can continue to obfuscate and seek justifications for a confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh under the guise of "respect for precedent" (forgetting that Plessy v. Ferguson and other egregious unjust Supreme Court decisions were once "precedent") or she can choose her place in history and refuse to vote to confirm. Kavanaugh will face questioning starting September 5.

"We're moving right along", McConnell said during a radio interview in Kentucky ahead of the announcement. Before he can assume the lifetime job on the nine-member court, the Republican-controlled Senate must vote to confirm him.

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.

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The 184,000 pages turned over to the committee from his time at the White House and as part of Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's work constitutes the largest turnover of documents from the Executive Branch regarding a nominee for the Supreme Court, according to the Judiciary Committee. He has a record of judicial independence and applying the law as it is written.

August 8: Sen. Blumenthal and Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats file a Freedom of Information Act request seeking release all of Kavanaugh's White House documents. Democrats now argue that Republicans are now trying to hurry a confirmation process shortly before the 2018 midterm elections.

Democrats, led by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY and Sen. "These records will be reviewed in addition to the 307 cases in which Judge Kavanaugh wrote an opinion as an appeals court judge, the hundreds more opinions he joined, and the more than 17,500 pages of material he provided in response to the committee's bipartisan questionnaire". "Historically, the Senate has made an effort to consider every public statement or document related to a Supreme Court nominee's career". This process gives an unfair advantage to senators supporting Judge Kavanaugh's nomination, at the expense of a fully transparent process that allows for full disclosure and scrutiny by all voting lawmakers.

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