If Brett Kavanaugh was fit to be on the Supreme Court, Senate Republicans would have no issue releasing his full records. Democratic senators have been infuriated with how Grassley and other Republicans have released Kavanaugh's documents in a slow trickle since the papers began arriving at the Senate late last week. He wrote, "We believe an indictment should not be pursued while the President is in Office". The hearings are expected to last three or four days. Democrats have warned that Kavanaugh may be unwilling to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the committee's chairman, announced the hearing for President Trump's nominee to replace former Justice Anthony Kennedy will start on September 4 and last three to four days.
"Liberal Democrats don't need more time to review Judge Kavanaugh's record."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said earlier Friday in a radio interview that he hopes Kavanaugh would be confirmed by the Senate "before the first Monday in October".
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, released a statement on Friday calling Kavanaugh "exceptionally well-qualified" and "a fair arbiter of the law". Senate Democrats have railed against the process of releasing Kavanaugh's documents, arguing that they should be privy to documents from Kavanaugh's tenure as staff secretary in the Bush Administration.
"My team has already reviewed every page of the over 4,800 pages of judicial opinions Judge Kavanaugh wrote, over 6,400 pages of opinions 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", Grassley said. Before he can assume the lifetime job on the nine-member court, the Republican-controlled Senate must vote to confirm him.
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.
White House spokesman Raj Shah said the Senate has reviewed more documents than for any other high court nominee in history. "Judge Kavanaugh looks forward to addressing the Judiciary Committee in public hearings for the American people to view".
Grassley said the committee has received more than 184,000 pages of records from Kavanaugh's work as a White House lawyer and for his work for Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr.