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Memo shows Kavanaugh resisted indicting a sitting president

Memo shows Kavanaugh resisted indicting a sitting president

Republican President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh, 53, on July 9 to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Chuck Grassley, the Republican chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said the committee will launch up to four days of review on Tuesday, beginning with opening remarks from senators.

"He's a mainstream judge".

The Judiciary Committee will hold up to four days of review, with Kavanaugh to begin facing questions on Day 2, September 5, said committee chairman Sen. "He's met with dozens of senators who have nothing but positive things to say", Grassley said in a statement. It is the first records from the National Archives released as part of the confirmation 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.

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. Grassley's aides have said they expect to release more of those papers on a rolling basis. Democrats are particularly pushing for access to his three years as staff secretary for Bush, but Republicans are not including those documents in the review.




Kavanaugh needs just 50 votes to be confirmed. Democrats have complained Republicans are rushing the process for the lifetime appointment without proper vetting of Kavanaugh's record. "My team has already reviewed every page of the over 4,800 pages of judicial opinions Judge Kavanaugh wrote, over 6,400 pages of opinion he joined, more than 125,000 pages of records produced from his White House legal service, and over 17,000 pages in response to the most comprehensive questionnaire ever submitted to a nominee".

Democrats, led by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY and Sen. Senators are scheduled to question Kavanaugh on September 5.

August 8: Sen. Blumenthal and Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats file a Freedom of Information Act request seeking release all of Kavanaugh's White House documents.

"My colleagues should be a "no" on this nominee unless Judge Kavanaugh specifically commits that he will recuse himself on any issues that involve President Trump's personal financial dealings or the special counsel", said Sen.

On Friday, Schumer blasted Grassley's decision to announce a confirmation hearing as a "mad rush" amid the ongoing dispute over Kavanaugh's records. "They just don't like the fact that his record shows he is fair, independent and adheres to the Constitution, so they are now resorting to obstruction and gridlock to extend their fishing expedition", Martin said. "They seem to be more frightened of this nominee's record and history than any we've ever considered".