Trump's Supreme Court nominee to have confirmation hearing September 4

It's Official The Date for Judge Kavanaugh's Supreme Court Hearing Has Been Set

Kavanaugh confirmation hearings set to start on Sept. 4

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) announced Friday the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

He expects the hearings to last between three to four days. Testimony by those who know Judge Kavanaugh the best, outside legal experts, and the American Bar Association is expected to follow.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.), the Judiciary Committee's top Democrat, raised concerns about a "lack of transparency" in releasing Kavanaugh's papers in a new letter to Grassley on Friday.

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

He further touted the nominee as a mainstream judge with a record of "applying the law as it is written".

"At this current pace, we have plenty of time to review the rest of emails and other records that we will receive from President Bush and the National Archives", he said.

This announcement comes after the committee has received the largest number of Executive Branch records ever for the consideration of a Supreme Court nominee. But thousands of pages - which are a fraction of all the documents from Kavanaugh's tenure as Bush's associate White House counsel - that have already been given to the committee are still considered "committee confidential", which means no one outside the panel's senators and staff can review them.

Breitbart News' Ken Klukowski has pointed out that Kavanaugh's opinions have been in the public domain for years and Kavanaugh "returned the most comprehensive, bipartisan Senate questionnaire in the history of the Judiciary Committee". "This is outrageous. No one will be able to look at his full record before the hearing - not me, not you, not anyone". This extends the timeline that was set for the committee's consideration of Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Neil Gorsuch.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said earlier on Friday that he hopes Kavanaugh would be confirmed by the Senate "before the first Monday in October".

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, officiates at the swearing-in of Judge Britt Grant to take a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta at the U.S. District Courthouse in Washington. He wrote, "We believe an indictment should not be pursued while the President is in Office".

July 31: Senate Judiciary Democrats request all available documents from Brett Kavanaugh's time in the White House (2001-2006).

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