Hearings for Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh Will Open Sept. 4

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Grassley Announces Senate Confirmation Hearings on Kavanaugh September 4–7 The Associated Press 10 Aug 2018Washington DC

President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh to fill now-retired Justice Anthony Kennedy's Supreme Court seat on July 9.

The announcement comes amid the release of a trove of documents related to Kavanaugh's time in the White House.

The documents show that on Christmas Eve 1998, Kavanaugh drafted an "Overall Plan" to colleagues providing his thoughts on bringing the independent counsel office's work to a close and suggesting they inform the attorney general that the findings against Clinton be left to the next president. Democrats have warned that Kavanaugh may be unwilling to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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

The hearings for President Trump's pick to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy will be held September 4 to 7, according to a notice sent to Senate Republican offices Friday and obtained by the Washington Post, although the committee noted that the hearing could be three or four days. Democrats argue that it is a "mad rush" while Republicans are saying it is time to get on with the process. "It's time for the American people to hear directly from Judge Kavanaugh".

The Judiciary Committee will hold up to four days of review, with Kavanaugh to begin facing questions on Day 2, September 5, said committee chairman Sen.

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

The California Democrat has already indicated on multiple occasions that she will vote against Kavanaugh, tweeting just minutues after his nomination was announced that she "will oppose his nomination to the Supreme Court" because Kavanaugh "represents a direct and fundamental threat to the rights and health care of hundreds of millions of Americans". It is the first records from the National Archives released as part of the confirmation process.

A spokeswoman for Feinstein said the senator is "reviewing options in the event he continues to restrict access to only senators on the committee".

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, released a statement on Friday calling Kavanaugh "exceptionally well-qualified" and "a fair arbiter of the law".

White House spokesman Raj Shah said Kavanaugh was looking forward to speaking with Congress, reports CNN. Most of those are from his three years as White House staff secretary.

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