Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Grassley: Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing to Begin September 4

Grassley: Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing to Begin September 4

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has officially released the dates for Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing to become the next justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. The hearings are expected to last three or four days. "He's a mainstream judge".

White House spokesperson Raj Shah said that "Chairman Grassley has lived up to his promise to lead an open, transparent and fair process".

"He's met with dozens of senators who have nothing but positive things to say", Grassley, an Iowa Republican, said in a statement. Not only is a massively conflicted Republican lawyer, who previously worked for Judge Kavanaugh, cherry-picking what documents the Senate Judiciary Committee can see, he is now telling the Committee what the rest of the Senate and the American public can see-and Republicans are playing along.

Grassley said his team has reviewed hundreds of thousands of pages related to Kavanaugh's time as a federal judge, calling Kavanaugh "one of the most respected jurists in the country and one of the most qualified nominees ever to be considered by the Senate for a seat on our highest court".

Kavanaugh will face questions Wednesday, Sept. 5, followed by testimony from and legal experts and people who know the judge. Grassley scheduled the hearings before Kavanaugh's records have been released.

"He'll get confirmed. It won't be a landslide, but he'll get confirmed", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said in an interview Friday morning with WKDZ radio in Kentucky.

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The National Archives and Records Administration released the documents Friday. Democrats have complained Republicans are rushing the process for the lifetime appointment without proper vetting of Kavanaugh's record.

Grassley said Friday there's "plenty of time" to review the documents but added it's time for Americans "to hear directly" from Kavanaugh.

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.

"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.

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

"Scheduling a hearing in early September, while more than 99 percent of Kavanaugh's records are still unavailable, is not only unprecedented but a new low in Republican efforts to stack the courts", said California Senator Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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