Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has set the first day of Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing for Sept. 4. The proceedings are expected to last three to four days, ABC News reports. Opening statements from the committee will begin Sept. 4, and questioning of Kavanaugh will start the next day.
President Trump nominated Kavanaugh to the bench on July 9 to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. But before Kavanaugh's name was announced, many Senate Democrats pledged resistance to whomever Trump nominated and pushed to hold the confirmation vote until after the November midterm elections. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) pledged to vote on Trump's nominee before then.
In what Republicans saw as a stalling tactic, leading Democrats demanded thousands of pages of Kavanaugh's records from his time working under former President George W. Bush and his last federal court nomination hearing. In particular, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, refused to meet with Kavanaugh until seeing the records. The Democrats eventually reversed course, recently agreeing to have one-on-one meetings with the nominee starting Aug. 15. Kathryn Krawczyk