The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) has joined a coalition of transparency and human rights groups calling for the release of all records relating to President Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh.
Grassley expects the hearing to last 3 to 4 days. Further, the undisclosed record of his time in the White House might further reveal his judicial philosophy but will go unexamined because Republicans, with Collins' support, are not requesting the documents. "It's time for the American people to hear directly from Judge Kavanaugh at his public hearing", Grassley said in a statement. Kavanaugh spent over five years in the White House under President George W. Bush, first as White House Counsel and then as Staff Secretary, and has more than 4 million documents in his record from that time. Not only is a massively conflicted Republican lawyer, who previously worked for Judge Kavanaugh, cherry-picking what documents the Senate Judiciary Committee can see, he is now telling the Committee what the rest of the Senate and the American public can see-and Republicans are playing along.
Republicans want to confirm Kavanaugh before the Supreme Court starts its new term in October. Opening statements will be delivered on September 4 and Kavanaugh will begin questioning on September 5.
No committee hearings for Kavanaugh have been announced yet.
The White House, which is determined to have Kavanaugh confirmed before the November elections as Republicans aim to deliver on Trump's priorities, applauded the schedule announcement.
The Judicial Crisis Network (JCN) released a statement on Friday regarding Kavanaugh's nomination to the high court, which has been met with stiff resistance from the left.
"Scheduling a hearing in early September, while more than 99 percent of Kavanaugh's records are still unavailable, is not only unprecedented but a new low in Republican efforts to stack the courts", said California Senator Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. They have had additional months over the summer to gather documents, read cases, and interview Judge Kavanaugh himself.
"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.
"The transparent stall tactics and now thinly-veiled attacks on Judge Kavanaugh's character only underscore the strength of the choice President Trump has made", Cornyn said. Democrats have demanded all the documents from Kavanaugh's time at the White House for review ahead of his confirmation, which Republicans have called a "fishing expedition" and a "delay tactic" for a nominee who some Republicans say some Democrats have no intention of considering.