The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold its Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh next week. The hearing is expected to last four days with time for opening statements by senators and the judge, a period of questioning, and then testimony from outside experts.
Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), when announcing the hearing, said, “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.”
NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson voiced a similar perspective in a letter to Grassley this week. Noting the importance of justices staying true to the text of the Constitution and to their role as interpreters rather than legislators, Johnson urged Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
“With outstanding credentials and a track record that reveals a judicial philosophy honoring the U.S. Constitution, including our most fundamental freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, Judge Kavanaugh should sail through the Senate on the basis of merit,” he said.
Johnson also thanked Grassley for his “dedication to a full and fair process.” The Judiciary Committee has received and reviewed hundreds of thousands of pages of documents related to Kavanaugh’s judicial and executive branch service – more than have ever been received for any other nominee. Many materials are posted on the committee’s website.
Questioning a number of Democrats’ genuine commitment to a fair process even as they have demanded more and more materials, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) last week said, “Every senator will be historically well equipped to provide advice and consent on the president’s nominee. No shifting rationales or partisan complaints can mask this simple fact: Everyone who’s willing to give this nominee a fair hearing will be able to do precisely that.” McConnell has indicated that he plans to pursue 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.
In his hearing announcement, Grassley stated, “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.”
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: August 31, 2018