Publicado: Пн, Августа 13, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Brett Kavanaugh's Confirmation Hearings to Begin September 4

Brett Kavanaugh's Confirmation Hearings to Begin September 4

Democrats have warned that Kavanaugh may be unwilling to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible coordination between President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation.

Updated at 4:19 p.m. | The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a three- or four- day confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh starting September 4, Chairman Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, announced on Friday.

"He'll get confirmed. It won't be a landslide, but he'll get confirmed", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said in an interview Friday morning with WKDZ radio in Kentucky. Questioning will begin the following day. Testimony by those who know Judge Kavanaugh the best, outside legal experts, and the American Bar Association is expected to follow.

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.

The announcement comes amid the release of a trove of documents related to Kavanaugh's time in the White House. "Judge Kavanaugh has been endorsed by leading figures on the Right and the Left".

When Justice Elena Kagan was nominated for the Supreme Court, she had also served as a counsel in a presidential administration, and accordingly, the Senate Judiciary Committee paused for almost a month to review the documents related to her service as counsel in the Clinton and Obama Administrations, releasing over 170,000 pages of information, including every email Justice Kagan wrote while serving in the White House.

The new documents Friday provide a glimpse into Kavanaugh's years on the Starr team shuttling back and forth to Little Rock for "investigative purposes".

While Democrats have argued that Republicans are rushing the process for the lifetime appointment without proper vetting, Grassley took the opposite position on Friday, adding that at their 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 has a record of judicial independence and applying the law as it is written.

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The coalition letters, organized by Open the Government, come on the heels of similar letters from Schumer and Judiciary Committee Democrats.

In 2016, Senate Republicans refused to hold confirmation hearings for President Barack Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland, believing that the Supreme Court vacancy occurred too close to the election.

Nan Aron, president of the Alliance for Justice, called it "jaw-dropping". "Judge Kavanaugh looks forward to addressing the Judiciary Committee in public hearings for the American people to view".

"Liberal Democrats don't need more time to review Judge Kavanaugh's record".

Kavanaugh, 53, is a conservative who could tip the court's balance for a generation and play a decisive role on issues like abortion access, gay marriage and executive branch oversight.

Leading Democrats in the Senate immediately questioned Republicans' motives for the timing of the confirmation hearing.

Because his career has largely been spent in public service, Kavanaugh has an unusually voluminous paper trail. Most of those are from his three years as White House staff secretary. "Republican efforts to make this the least transparent, most secretive Supreme Court nomination in history continue. They have no excuse to obstruct his prompt confirmation".

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