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Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing Is Set to Begin September 4

Senate Republican leaders hope the early start on the proceedings will lead to final vote before the November elections

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) said Friday the confirmation hearing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court will begin Tuesday, September 4.

Grassley (pictured right above) expects a three- or four-day hearing that will result in a close vote to send the nomination to the full Senate, where a final debate will be held in mid to late September. Kavanaugh is expected to be confirmed by the full Senate, perhaps with support from one or two Democrats.

Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director for the Judicial Crisis Network, expects the process to move steadily forward, despite Democrat demands for more time to evaluate Kavanaugh’s record.

“Democrats have already announced that they oppose him, so this claim that they need more time or more documents is nothing more than a show, a fishing expedition designed to obstruct and create gridlock,” she said. “Judge Kavanaugh has been endorsed by leading figures on the Right and the Left. He is a mainstream nominee who will base his decisions on the law and the Constitution.”

“Liberal Democrats don’t need more time to review Judge Kavanaugh’s record.”

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.

“Liberal Democrats don’t need more time to review Judge Kavanaugh’s record. They just don’t like the fact that his record shows he is fair, independent and adheres to the Constitution, so they are now resorting to obstruction and gridlock to extend their fishing expedition,” Martin said.

(photo credit, homepage and article images: Chuck Grassley, CC BY-SA 2.0, Cropped/Collage, by Gage Skidmore)

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