Published: Mon, August 13, 2018

Kavanaugh's SCOTUS confirmation hearing set, but Dems call it a 'mad rush'

Kavanaugh's SCOTUS confirmation hearing set, but Dems call it a 'mad rush'

President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh to fill now-retired Justice Anthony Kennedy's Supreme Court seat on July 9.

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.

He expects the hearings to last between three to 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.

President Donald Trump's nominee to be the next justice on the Supreme Court -- Judge Brett Kavanaugh -- is set for a confirmation hearing on September 4, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee announced Friday.

Kavanaugh will face questions Wednesday, Sept. 5, followed by testimony from and legal experts and people who know the judge.

The hearings for President Trump's pick to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy will be held September 4 to 7, according to a notice sent to Senate Republican offices Friday and obtained by the Washington Post, although the committee noted that the hearing could be three or four days. Democrats now argue that Republicans are now trying to hurry a confirmation process shortly before the 2018 midterm elections.

Grassley, R-Iowa, said there's "plenty of time" to review documents but now it's time for Americans "to hear directly" from Kavanaugh. "He has a record of judicial independence and applying the law as it is written", Grassley said in a statement, noting that Kavanaugh has met with dozens of senators.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) says he isn't making any commitment on President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, yet. Grassley scheduled the hearings before Kavanaugh's records have been released.

Following the hearings and the vote from the committee, Kavanaugh's nomination would then be considered by the full Senate. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.

"With the Senate already reviewing more documents than for any other Supreme Court nominee in history, Chairman Grassley has lived up to his promise to lead an open, transparent and fair process", said White House spokesman Raj Shah.

But Grassley noted in his announcement that his team has reviewed thousands of pages of Kavanaugh's judicial opinions and records from the White House legal service, and the timeline still provides room for review of additional documents.

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