WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans made up our minds Friday to push forward with a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in spite of a dispute with Democrats over paperwork from his years operating on the White House.
Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley introduced that the hearing would start Sept. four, not up to two months after President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh July nine to exchange retired justice Anthony Kennedy. It is anticipated to run 4 days.
The time table is conventional for a top court docket nominee, however as a result of Kavanaugh, 53, spent 5 years operating within the White House all the way through George W. Bush’s management, Republicans and Democrats proceed to feud over what may well be greater than 1 million pages of documents. Most of the ones are from his 3 years as White House team of workers secretary.
“My team has already reviewed every page of the over 4,800 pages of judicial opinions Judge Kavanaugh wrote, over 6,400 pages of opinions he joined, more than 125,000 pages of records produced from his White House legal service, and over 17,000 pages in response to the most comprehensive questionnaire ever submitted to a nominee,” Grassley mentioned.
“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 mentioned. “It’s time for the American people to hear directly from Judge Kavanaugh.”
Democrats are positive to object to the time table, because it signifies Republicans don’t have any goal of liberating paperwork from 2003-06 in time for the hearing. They have argued it might take months to head via, extending the confirmation procedure past each the Oct. 1 get started of the court docket’s 2018 time period and the Nov. 6 election, when regulate of the Senate is in play.
Kavanaugh has met with maximum Senate Republicans over the last month however just one Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. More periods with Democrats are anticipated to be held within the coming weeks.
White House spokesman Raj Shah mentioned the Senate has reviewed extra paperwork than for another top court docket nominee in historical past. The procedure, he mentioned, has been “open, transparent and fair.”
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