Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing date set for September 4

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

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

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

Grassley expects the hearing to last 3 to 4 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.

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

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday did begin releasing a small slice of documents related to Kavanaugh's work in the early 2000s for Bush, including the administration's response to the September 11 attacks. Testimony by those who know Judge Kavanaugh the best, outside legal experts, and the American Bar Association is expected to follow.

Kavanaugh needs just 50 votes to be confirmed.

Grassley, R-Iowa, said there's "plenty of time" to review documents but now it's time for Americans "to hear directly" from Kavanaugh.

"Judge Kavanaugh has been endorsed by leading figures on the right and the left".

White House spokesman Raj Shah said Kavanaugh was looking forward to speaking with Congress, reports CNN. The Archives produced the Starr files. Dianne Feinstein of California, the ranking member on the Judiciary Committee, have held off on meeting with Kavanaugh over the document dispute.

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With the U.S. Supreme Court building in the background, Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh arrives prior to meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 10, 2018.

Nan Aron, president of the Alliance for Justice, called it "jaw-dropping".

"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.

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

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, released a statement on Friday calling Kavanaugh "exceptionally well-qualified" and "a fair arbiter of the law".

Kavanaugh, 53, is a conservative who could tip the court's balance for a generation and play a decisive role on issues like abortion access, gay marriage and executive branch oversight. Democratic senators have been infuriated with how Grassley and other Republicans have released Kavanaugh's documents in a slow trickle since the papers began arriving at the Senate late last week.

Because his career has largely been spent in public service, Kavanaugh has an unusually voluminous paper trail. Kavanaugh himself described his time as Staff Secretary as "among the most instructive" experiences to his work as a federal court judge. 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. "They have no excuse to obstruct his prompt confirmation".

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