Kavanaugh Hearing Date Set for September 4 in Senate

Republicans want a floor vote on Trump’s pick by the midterms

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh meets with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, last month. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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 Sept. 4, Chairman Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, announced on Friday.

That means the marathon hearing will begin the Tuesday after Labor Day.

The White House quickly reacted to Grassley’s plan: “With the Senate already reviewing more documents than for any other Supreme Court nominee in history, Chairman Grassley has lived up to his promise to lead an open, transparent and fair process,” spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement.

The Senate panel on Thursday released about 5,700 pages of records on Kavanaugh’s work as a White House lawyer during the George W. Bush administration. It is the first records from the National Archives released as part of the confirmation process. 


Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said before leaving for the chamber’s abbreviated recess that he hopes for a committee hearing in early September followed by a confirmation vote on the floor before October, when the court’s new term begins.

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