Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Trump's SC pick's confirmation hearing in September

Judge Brett Kavanaugh was nominated on July 9 spurring intense interest in his work as a White House lawyer and with Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr Kavanaugh confirmation hearings set to start on Sept. 4
Deanna Wagner | 13 August, 2018, 00:03

"We believe an indictment should not be pursued while the President is in Office", Kavanaugh wrote.

White House spokesman Raj Shah praised Grassley for his review of Kavanaugh's career and the upcoming hearings. Democrats have warned that Kavanaugh may be unwilling to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh is scheduled to start on September 4. After the questioning, there will be testimony from close associates of Kavanaugh as well as legal experts and the American Bar Association.

Grassley, R-Iowa, said in a statement on Friday that he expects the hearings to go on for three to four days, with opening statements taking up much of Day 1.

He has met privately with nearly all the Republican senators and one Democrat as supporters try to build momentum for confirmation.

August 2: Sen. Grassley and Senate Republicans said they are still planning to move forward with Kavanaugh's hearings, even without the vast majority of Kavanaugh's documents.

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpKobach agrees to recuse himself from vote counting in Kansas GOP primary NFL players kneel during national anthem before first preseason game Schiff blasts GOP for Russian Federation probe conduct: "That's how you obstruct an investigation, not how you conduct one" MORE's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh wrote in a 1995 memo that presidents should be subject to testimony in front of a grand jury the same as any private citizen. "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".

Grassley praised Kavanaugh as a highly respected and qualified nominee.

Kavanaugh was nominated on July 9 and since then, the committee has received 184,000 pages of records related to his work as a White House lawyer and for his work with Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr.

Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director for the Judicial Crisis Network, which has already launched ads in support of Kavanaugh's confirmation, said the Democrats' anger was just their attempt to stall the nomination.

"Judge Kavanaugh looks forward to addressing the Judiciary Committee in public hearings for the American people to view", Shah said.

But Grassley noted in his announcement that his team has reviewed thousands of pages of Kavanaugh's judicial opinions and records from the White House legal service, and the timeline still provides room for review of additional documents.