Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) announced that the committee will hold its Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh immediately after Labor Day. The hearing is expected to last several days given opening statements by senators and the judge, a period of questioning, and then testimony from outside legal experts.
Grassley said, “As I said after his nomination, Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most respected jurists in the country and one of the most qualified nominees ever to be considered by the Senate for a seat on our highest court.”
The chairman highlighted that his team has reviewed over 4,800 pages of judicial opinions authored by Kavanaugh, tens of thousands of pages of other documents from his judicial and White House service, and the judge’s extensive writings responding “to the most comprehensive questionnaire ever submitted to a nominee.”
The committee noted that the September 4 start to the hearing will give senators a longer period of preparation than was the case in the consideration of Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Neil Gorsuch.
Grassley added, “He’s a mainstream judge. He has a record of judicial independence and applying the law as it is written. He’s met with dozens of senators who have nothing but positive things to say…. It’s time for the American people to hear directly from Judge Kavanaugh at his public hearing.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) last month indicated that he plans to stick to a timetable that would put Kavanaugh on the high court’s bench in time for the start of the new Supreme Court term in October.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: August 17, 2018