Kavanaugh once helped write the Starr Report, which outlined broad grounds on which to impeach President Clinton for his role in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
"We're moving right along", McConnell said during a radio interview in Kentucky ahead of the announcement. "He has a record of judicial independence and applying the law as it is written", Grassley said in a statement, noting that Kavanaugh has met with dozens of senators. After the questioning, there will be testimony from close associates of Kavanaugh as well as legal experts and the American Bar Association.
Following the hearings and the vote from the committee, Kavanaugh's nomination would then be considered by the full Senate. More sessions with Democrats are expected to be held in the coming weeks.
August 2: Sen. Grassley and Senate Republicans said they are still planning to move forward with Kavanaugh's hearings, even without the vast majority of Kavanaugh's documents.
No committee hearings for Kavanaugh have been announced yet. The panel has additionally received 174,000 pages from his work for Bush in the White House counsel's office.
The new documents Friday provide a glimpse into Kavanaugh's years on the Starr team shuttling back and forth to Little Rock for "investigative purposes".
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While Democrats have argued that Republicans are rushing the process for the lifetime appointment without proper vetting, Grassley took the opposite position on Friday, adding that at their current pace, "we have plenty of time to review the rest of emails and other records that we will receive from President Bush and the National Archives". "The committee shouldn't hold a hearing before we've had a chance to review his entire record".
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.
The White House on Friday welcomed the news of a set date for confirmation hearings.
"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".
Because his career has largely been spent in public service, Kavanaugh has an unusually voluminous paper trail.
"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.