Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination hearings will begin September 4, Senator Chuck Grassley announced Friday.
Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the committee's chairman, announced the hearing for President Trump's nominee to replace former Justice Anthony Kennedy will start on September 4 and last three to four days. Questioning will begin the following day.
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.
Grassley said Friday there's "plenty of time" to review the documents but added it's time for Americans "to hear directly" from Kavanaugh.
Jenny Beth Martin, chairman of the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, said continuing demands from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) for millions of documents from Kavanaugh's tenure prior to being appointed to the federal bench, working for President George W. Bush, is a delaying tactic. "He's a mainstream judge". They have also filed multiple Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for documents pertaining to Kavanaugh's time in the White House as staff secretary and an associate in the White House Counsel's office.
But he says he won't make a decision until after Kavanaugh faces a hearing from the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The Judiciary panel has received more than 184,000 pages of records from Kavanaugh's time as a White House lawyer and his work for Independent Counsel Ken Starr.
White House spokesman Raj Shah praised Grassley for his review of Kavanaugh's career and the upcoming hearings.
"We're moving right along", McConnell said during a radio interview in Kentucky ahead of the announcement. "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".
"While those on the left will cry that the timing is short, Judge Kavanaugh's name was listed last November on President Trump's short list of possible nominees if a Supreme Court vacancy should occur".
Democrats, led by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY and Sen. But the timeline, as well as Kavanaugh's confirmation has been a source of partisan infighting in the Senate since President Donald Trump nominated him last month. The process, he said, has been "open, transparent and fair".