The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is set to begin hearings on President Trump’s second Supreme Court nomination on Sept. 4, leaving Democrats in Congress with heartburn...
“Scheduling a hearing in early September, while more than 99 percent of Kavanaugh’s White House records are still unavailable, is not only unprecedented but a new low in Republican efforts to stack the courts,” said U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calf, the ranking Dem on the committee.
With a slim Republican majority going into the mid-term elections in November, committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is pointing out that lawmakers have already received more than 184,000 pages of records, many of which are being made public. This is an addition to 17,500 pages of material that the nominee submitted and his published court papers in 307 cases that Kavanaugh has played a part in.
“As we have always done when reviewing nominees for lifetime-appointed judgeships, the Senate Judiciary Committee will conduct a fair and comprehensive evaluation of the nominee’s background and qualifications followed by hearings where we’ll hear directly from the nominee as we fulfill our advice and consent responsibility,” said Grassley, who announced the scheduled hearing last Friday.
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