Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's Senate confirmation hearings will start on September 4 and last between three and four days, Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) announced on Friday. "He's a mainstream judge". Further, the undisclosed record of his time in the White House might further reveal his judicial philosophy but will go unexamined because Republicans, with Collins' support, are not requesting the documents. 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.
"Judge Kavanaugh looks forward to addressing the Judiciary Committee in public hearings for the American people to view", Shah said.
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, (R-Texas), a member of the Judiciary Committee, said the hearings will make it possible for the Senate to commence a floor vote on President Trump's pick before the next term for the Supreme Court begins in October. Grassley scheduled the hearings before Kavanaugh's records have been released. Kavanaugh - who previously said that a sitting President should be above the law, should not be subject criminal indictment, no matter what evidence is uncovered, and can ignore the laws they think are unconstitutional - would likely have the swing vote on this decision.
A spokeswoman for Feinstein said the senator is "reviewing options in the event he continues to restrict access to only senators on the committee". Democratic senators have been infuriated with how Grassley and other Republicans have released Kavanaugh's documents in a slow trickle since the papers began arriving at the Senate late last week.
"This is not how the Senate should approve a nominee for a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land", said Sen.
Kavanaugh has amassed a solidly conservative judicial record as an appeals court judge for 12 years.
When Justice Elena Kagan was nominated for the Supreme Court, she had also served as a counsel in a presidential administration, and accordingly, the Senate Judiciary Committee paused for almost a month to review the documents related to her service as counsel in the Clinton and Obama Administrations, releasing over 170,000 pages of information, including every email Justice Kagan wrote while serving in the White House. The committee has received about 175,000 pages from the Bush library, but has only publicly released 5,700 pages. Democrats have demanded all the documents from Kavanaugh's time at the White House for review ahead of his confirmation, which Republicans have called a "fishing expedition" and a "delay tactic" for a nominee who some Republicans say some Democrats have no intention of considering. "Historically, the Senate has made an effort to consider every public statement or document related to a Supreme Court nominee's career".
GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah said they are conducting the "most thorough vetting process for a nominee in the history of the Supreme Court".