Grassley: Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings Scheduled to Start Sept. 4

Supreme Court building in the background Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh arrives prior to meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell on Capitol Hill in Washington U.S

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.

Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he expects the hearings to last a maximum of four days. Opening statements will be delivered on September 4 and Kavanaugh will begin questioning on September 5.

Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director for the Judicial Crisis Network, which has already launched ads in support of Kavanaugh's confirmation, said the Democrats' anger was just their attempt to stall the nomination.

Grassley praised Kavanaugh as a highly respected and qualified nominee. "He's a mainstream judge".

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.

"He's met dozens of senators who have nothing but positive things to say", Grassley, an Iowa Republican, said in a statement on Friday.

"Judge Kavanaugh looks forward to addressing the Judiciary Committee in public hearings for the American people to view", Shah said.

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Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn criticized Democrats who oppose Kavanaugh's confirmation in a statement.

"It means that the chairman is telling the American people that this hearing is barreling forward, no matter what, no matter how little information is available to the Senate and public or how many shortcuts the committee has to take", she said.

Newly released documents from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's time on the Kenneth Starr team investigating Bill Clinton reveal his resistance to issuing an indictment of a sitting president. Democrats have complained Republicans are rushing the process for the lifetime appointment without proper vetting of Kavanaugh's record. He has a record of judicial independence and applying the law as it is written.

On Friday, Schumer blasted Grassley's decision to announce a confirmation hearing as a "mad rush" amid the ongoing dispute over Kavanaugh's records.

The coalition's letter to Bush calls on him to "refrain from continuing selective negotiations with senators for records, and instead ensure that all requests for documents in your possession and in your presidential library related to Judge Kavanaugh's tenure at the White House are fulfilled, and do your part to provide full transparency and protect the integrity of the nomination process".

"Republican efforts to make this the least transparent, most secretive Supreme Court nomination in history continue", Schumer said.

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