Confirmation Hearings for Brett Kavanaugh Begin September 4th
Confirmation hearings for US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, 53 anni, will begin on 4 September Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley announced Friday.
Opening statements by committee members will take place on 4 September and the questioning of Judge Kavanaugh will start the following day, the committee statement said. The hearings are expected to last 4 days.
Republican President Donald Trump nominated Judge Kavanaugh on 9 July to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Before he can assume the lifetime job on the 9-member court, the Republican-controlled Senate must vote to confirm him.
“He’s a mainstream judge. He has a record of judicial independence and applying the law as it is written,” Senator Grassley said in a statement, noting that Judge Kavanaugh has already met with dozens of Senators.
“With the Senate already reviewing more documents than for any other Supreme Court nominee in history, Chairman Grassley has lived up to his promise to lead an open, transparent and fair process,” White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a separate statement.
But Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer (NY), who has promised to fight Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination, said in a statement that Republicans were in a “mad rush” to hold hearings after deciding to block nearly all of Judge Kavanaugh’s records from public release.
Schumer said on Friday that Republicans were only planning to release a small portion of documents that would be “cherry-picked by a Republican operative” currently working for the former president Bush.
Judge Kavanaugh has amassed a solidly conservative judicial record as an appeals court judge for 12 years. His confirmation will require a simple majority in the 100-seat Senate, where Republicans hold a 51-49 edge over Democrats and independents.
If the Republicans stick together, they will get Judge Kavanaugh confirmed.
Conservatives hope to pressure some Democrats into voting for Judge Kavanaugh, especially those who are up for re-election this year and come from states that voted for President Trump in Y 2016, like Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of Indiana. All 3 voted last year for President Trump’s 1st Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.
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