Trump's SC pick's confirmation hearing in September

Blanche Robertson
August 13, 2018

But the timeline, as well as Kavanaugh's confirmation has been a source of partisan infighting in the Senate since President Donald Trump nominated him last month.

If Brett Kavanaugh was fit to be on the Supreme Court, Senate Republicans would have no issue releasing his full records. The hearings are expected to last three or four days. Democrats have warned that Kavanaugh may be unwilling to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible coordination between President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation.

Kavanaugh once helped write the Starr Report, which outlined broad grounds on which to impeach President Clinton for his role in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's Senate confirmation hearings will officially begin on September 4, according to an announcement by Senate Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Friday.

"The President's hit a home run again, just like he did with Neil Gorsuch a year ago", McConnell told WKDZ Radio.

Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director for the Judicial Crisis Network, expects the process to move steadily forward, despite Democrat demands for more time to evaluate Kavanaugh's record.

The California Democrat has already indicated on multiple occasions that she will vote against Kavanaugh, tweeting just minutues after his nomination was announced that she "will oppose his nomination to the Supreme Court" because Kavanaugh "represents a direct and fundamental threat to the rights and health care of hundreds of millions of Americans". "It's time for the American people to hear directly from Judge Kavanaugh".

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No committee hearings for Kavanaugh have been announced yet.

August 9: After attorney William A. Burck vetted the initial documents from the Bush Library, the documents were sent only to the Senate Judiciary Committee members.

The new documents Friday provide a glimpse into Kavanaugh's years on the Starr team shuttling back and forth to Little Rock for "investigative purposes". 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. "The committee shouldn't hold a hearing before we've had a chance to review his entire record". But due to the 51-49 split in the Senate, Republicans will need to be almost unanimous, or persuade a few Democrats, if they want Kavanaugh to be confirmed.

The White House on Friday welcomed the news of a set date for confirmation hearings. And White House spokesman Raj Shah noted that the Senate had reviewed "More documents than for any other Supreme Court nominee in history". "Judge Kavanaugh looks forward to addressing the Judiciary Committee in public hearings for the American people to view".

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

Leading Democrats in the Senate immediately questioned Republicans' motives for the timing of the confirmation hearing.

Because his career has largely been spent in public service, Kavanaugh has an unusually voluminous paper trail.

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