Brett Kavanaugh set for Supreme Court confirmation hearings
By Chris Eger
Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the current nominee to replace Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court (Photo: DC Circuit)
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is set to begin hearings on President Trump’s second Supreme Court nomination on Sept. 4, leaving Democrats in Congress with heartburn.
Trump last month nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh, currently on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the key D.C. Circuit, as his nomination to fill the seat opened on the nine-justice panel with Justice Anthony Kennedy’s planned retirement. With the current Congress set to end in 2019, Democrats are looking to delay the nominee’s hearings, seeking a massive records dump–up to one million pages which can’t be made fully available until the end of October — relating to Kavanaugh’s past positions in the administration of President George W. Bush and in the Office of Independent Counsel during President Clinton’s White House era.
“Scheduling a hearing in early September, while more than 99 percent of Kavanaugh’s White House records are still unavailable, is not only unprecedented but a new low in Republican efforts to stack the courts,” said U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calf, the ranking Dem on the committee.
With a slim Republican majority going into the mid-term elections in