Supreme Court docket nominee Brett Kavanaugh is about to be heard.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has set the primary day of Kavanaugh’s affirmation listening to for Sept. 4. The proceedings are anticipated to final three to 4 days, ABC News reports. Opening statements from the committee will start Sept. 4, and questioning of Kavanaugh will begin the following day.
President Trump nominated Kavanaugh to the bench on July 9 to switch retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. However earlier than Kavanaugh’s identify was introduced, many Senate Democrats pledged resistance to whomever Trump nominated and pushed to carry the affirmation vote till after the November midterm elections. Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) pledged to vote on Trump’s nominee earlier than then.
In what Republicans noticed as a stalling tactic, main Democrats demanded 1000’s of pages of Kavanaugh’s information from his time working beneath former President George W. Bush and his final federal courtroom nomination listening to. Specifically, Senate Minority Chief Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the rating member of the Judiciary Committee, refused to fulfill with Kavanaugh till seeing the information. The Democrats finally reversed course, just lately agreeing to have one-on-one conferences with the nominee beginning Aug. 15.