GOP schedules Supreme Court hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

GOP schedules Supreme Court hearings for Brett Kavanaugh

The Senate Judiciary Committee will being confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on September 4, committee chairman Charles Grassley said in a statement Friday. "It's time for the American people to hear directly from Judge Kavanaugh at his public hearing".

Grassley (pictured right above) expects a three- or four-day hearing that will result in a close vote to send the nomination to the full Senate, where a final debate will be held in mid to late September.

That scheduling tees up the GOP to meet its goal of getting President Donald Trump's pick seated on the high court by the time its term begins in early October, barring unforeseen obstacles or a breakthrough by Democrats who are pushing to derail Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Kavanaugh's lengthy paper trail has become a part of a tit-for-tat between Republicans and Democrats in an increasingly tense political battle over his confirmation. 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. Find us on Facebook too!

August 1: The National Archives said that they have more than 1.2 million documents from Brett Kavanaugh's time in the White House, including an estimated 1 million documents from his time as Staff Secretary. "He has a record of judicial independence and applying the law as it is written", Grassley said.

"It's clear that Republicans want to speed this nomination through before we know who Brett Kavanaugh is".

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The Senate panel on Thursday released about 5,700 pages of records on Kavanaugh's work as a White House lawyer during the George W. Bush administration.

"Democrats have already announced that they oppose him, so this claim that they need more time or more documents is nothing more than a show, a fishing expedition designed to obstruct and create gridlock", she said. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. "Judge Kavanaugh looks forward to addressing the Judiciary Committee in public hearings for the American people to view".

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.

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. His confirmation will require a simple majority in the 100-seat Senate, where Republicans hold a 51-49 edge over Democrats and independents.

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

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