Kavanaugh's SCOTUS confirmation hearing set, but Dems call it a 'mad rush'

Kavanaugh's SCOTUS confirmation hearing set, but Dems call it a 'mad rush'

Kavanaugh's views on executive power and the legality of a special counsel investigation have become one of the top issues as senators debate his nomination to the Supreme Court ahead of hearings scheduled for after the August Senate recess.

Today, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley announced that he intends to hold hearings September 4-6 for Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump's extremist Supreme Court nominee.

That means the marathon hearing will begin the Tuesday after Labor Day. "He's a mainstream judge".

The deal, struck by Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and the Bush library, would only turn over records from Kavanaugh's two years as Senior Associate Counsel in the Bush White House, and not his three years as Staff Secretary and Assistant to the President, and would allow Bush's legal team to select which documents the public will see.

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

But Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, who has promised to fight Kavanaugh's nomination, said in a statement that Republicans were in a "mad rush" to hold hearings after deciding to block almost all of Kavanaugh's records from public release.

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"As I said after his nomination, Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most respected jurists in the country and one of the most qualified nominees ever to be considered by the Senate for a seat on our highest court", Sen. The questioning of Judge Kavanaugh will begin on Wednesday, September 5.

"He'll get confirmed. It won't be a landslide, but he'll get confirmed", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said in an interview Friday morning with WKDZ radio in Kentucky.

The coalition letters, organized by Open the Government, come on the heels of similar letters from Schumer and Judiciary Committee Democrats.

Kavanaugh was nominated on July 9 and since then, the committee has received 184,000 pages of records related to his work as a White House lawyer and for his work with Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr. But Democrats want access to more documents from Kavanaugh's past as a judge and as an official in the George W. Bush administration.

The Archives has said its review of some 1 million pages of Kavanaugh records the committee requested will not be fully available until the end of October.

"The transparent stall tactics and now thinly-veiled attacks on Judge Kavanaugh's character only underscore the strength of the choice President Trump has made", Cornyn said.

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