The White House, which is determined to have Kavanaugh confirmed before the November elections as Republicans aim to deliver on Trump's priorities, applauded the schedule announcement.
Brett Kavanaugh and his entourage.
As Karen Townsend pointed out earlier, the Democratic strategy is to stall over document production in hopes of derailing the nomination down the road. The hearings are expected to last three or four days.
August 10: Senator Grassley announces that Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings will be held September 4-6, 2018. Then outside witnesses, legal experts, and the American Bar Association will follow.
"Rather than being honest and forthright with the American people about Donald Trump's extreme nominee for the Supreme Court, Senator Grassley and Senate Republicans are trying to rush Brett Kavanaugh through before anyone can see the full truth about his views".
I'm betting Cocaine Mitch will get this done. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.
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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.
"Democrats have already announced that they oppose him, so this claim that they need more time or more documents is nothing more than a show, a fishing expedition designed to obstruct and create gridlock", JCN's chief counsel and policy director Carrie Severino said.
"Obviously, these hearings are just the beginning of the confirmation process".
Grassley praised Kavanaugh as a highly respected and qualified nominee.
"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 said. The panel has additionally received 174,000 pages from his work for Bush in the White House counsel's office. "These records will be reviewed in addition to the 307 cases in which Judge Kavanaugh wrote an opinion as an appeals court judge, the hundreds more opinions he joined, and the more than 17,500 pages of material he provided in response to the committee's bipartisan questionnaire".
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".