INTERNATIONAL - Trump's SC pick's confirmation hearing in September


"It's clear that Republicans want to speed this nomination through before we know who Brett Kavanaugh is".

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. The hearing is expected to run four days.

He further touted the nominee as a mainstream judge with a record of "applying the law as it is written". It is the first records from the National Archives released as part of the confirmation process.

Grassley, R-Iowa, said there's "plenty of time" to review documents but now it's time for Americans "to hear directly" from Kavanaugh.

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.

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"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", said White House spokesman Raj Shah. Democrats are particularly pushing for access to his three years as staff secretary for Bush, but Republicans are not including those documents in the review. Democrats now argue that Republicans are now trying to hurry a confirmation process shortly before the 2018 midterm elections. Collins. It's time she put country before party and announce a "no" vote on Kavanaugh.

Democrats, led by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY and Sen.

"Republicans" mad rush to hold this hearing after unilaterally deciding to block almost all of Judge Kavanaugh's records from public release is further evidence that they are hiding important information from the American people, and continues to raise the question, "What are they hiding?'" Schumer said in a statement. "This is not how the Senate should approve a nominee for a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land", said Sen.

Grassley's team of counsels and other aides have reviewed 4,800 pages of legal opinions that Kavanaugh wrote, more than 17,000 pages related to Kavanaugh's committee questionnaire, and more than 184,000 pages of the nominee's documents from his tenure working in the George W. Bush White House and for independent counsel Kenneth Starr.

Kavanaugh has met with most Senate Republicans over the past month but only one Democrat, Sen. "They seem to be more frightened of this nominee's record and history than any we've ever considered".