Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation hearings will officially begin on Sept. 4, according to an announcement by Senate Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Friday.
He expects the hearings to last between three to four days. Opening statements will be delivered on Sept. 4 and Kavanaugh will begin questioning on Sept. 5.
“He’s a mainstream judge. He has a record of judicial independence and applying the law as it is written. … It’s time for the American people to hear directly from Judge Kavanaugh at his public hearing,” Grassley said in a statement.
The Judiciary panel has received more than 184,000 pages of records from Kavanaugh’s time as a White House lawyer and his work for Independent Counsel Ken Starr.
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, (R-Texas), a member of the Judiciary Committee, said the hearings will make it possible for the Senate to commence a floor vote on President Trump’s pick before the next term for the Supreme Court begins in October.
“I look forward to what will be a thorough and open vetting process by the Committee between now and September, followed by a vote to confirm him before October 1,” he said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) said Friday that he expected the Senate to confirm Kavanaugh. “He’ll get confirmed,” he told the radio station WKDZ. “It won’t be a landslide, but he’ll get confirmed.”