If Brett Kavanaugh was fit to be on the Supreme Court, Senate Republicans would have no issue releasing his full records.
They show that Kavanaugh drafted an "Overall Plan" to colleagues in 1998 providing his thoughts on bringing the independent counsel office's work to a close. The hearing is expected to run four days. 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's met dozens of senators who have nothing but positive things to say", Grassley, an Iowa Republican, said in a statement on Friday.More news: Fox’s Laura Ingraham: I wasn’t talking about race
Kavanaugh will face questions followed by testimony from legal experts and people who know the judge.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he hopes to have Trump's nominee confirmed to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy before the new court session begins October 1. Democrats argue that it is a "mad rush" while Republicans are saying it is time to get on with the process.
Grassley said Friday there's "plenty of time" to review the documents but added it's time for Americans "to hear directly" from Kavanaugh.
"Republicans" mad rush to hold this hearing after unilaterally deciding to block almost all of Judge Kavanaugh's records from public release is further evidence that they are hiding important information from the American people, and continues to raise the question, "What are they hiding?'" Schumer said in a statement. They want to wait on a vote until they get access to a trove of records from Kavanaugh's time in the George W. Bush administration. Kavanaugh - who previously said that a sitting President should be above the law, should not be subject criminal indictment, no matter what evidence is uncovered, and can ignore the laws they think are unconstitutional - would likely have the swing vote on this decision.More news: Tottenham Hotspur Players Rated And Slated In Win Vs Newcastle
The top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, Sen.
Breitbart News' Ken Klukowski has pointed out that Kavanaugh's opinions have been in the public domain for years and Kavanaugh "returned the most comprehensive, bipartisan Senate questionnaire in the history of the Judiciary Committee".
White House spokesman Raj Shah said Kavanaugh is looking forward to speaking with Congress.
But Grassley noted in his announcement that his team has reviewed thousands of pages of Kavanaugh's judicial opinions and records from the White House legal service, and the timeline still provides room for review of additional documents.More news: Idris Elba's James Bond-like tweet fuels 007 rumours