Kamala Harris: Sept. 4 Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing ‘Outrageous’

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Kavanaugh could be President Donald Trump's second addition to the high court, following Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Kavanaugh was nominated 57 days before the announcement about a hearing date was made Friday afternoon.

He further touted the nominee as a mainstream judge with a record of "applying the law as it is written".

"He's met with dozens of senators who have nothing but positive things to say", Grassley, an Iowa Republican, said in a statement.

But Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, who has promised to fight Kavanaugh's nomination, said in a statement that Republicans were in a "mad rush" to hold hearings after deciding to block almost all of Kavanaugh's records from public release. The questioning of Judge Kavanaugh will begin on Wednesday, September 5.

No committee hearings for Kavanaugh have been announced yet.

"Every day, Republican obstruction of Kavanaugh's record gets worse and worse", said Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader on Thursday.

Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director for the Judicial Crisis Network, which has already launched ads in support of Kavanaugh's confirmation, said the Democrats' anger was just their attempt to stall the nomination.

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The coalition letters, organized by Open the Government, come on the heels of similar letters from Schumer and Judiciary Committee Democrats.

When Justice Elena Kagan was nominated for the Supreme Court, she had also served as a counsel in a presidential administration, and accordingly, the Senate Judiciary Committee paused for almost a month to review the documents related to her service as counsel in the Clinton and Obama Administrations, releasing over 170,000 pages of information, including every email Justice Kagan wrote while serving in the White House.

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. Democrats have complained Republicans are rushing the process for the lifetime appointment without proper vetting of Kavanaugh's record.

"Scheduling a hearing in early September, while more than 99 percent of Kavanaugh's records are still unavailable, is not only unprecedented but a new low in Republican efforts to stack the courts", said California Senator Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

In a new video and report, HRC explains why understanding Kavanaugh's record at the White House is important; during these years, former President George W. Bush pressed for a Constitutional amendment banning same-sex couples from marrying and opposed hate crimes legislation. "These records will be reviewed in addition to the 307 cases in which Judge Kavanaugh wrote an opinion as an appeals court judge, the hundreds more opinions he joined, and the more than 17,500 pages of material he provided in response to the committee's bipartisan questionnaire".

"It's time for the public to hear from President Trump's nominee and learn first-hand just how well-qualified he is to hold the position of a U.S. Supreme Court Justice", Nance added.

Harris, the potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate who sits on the Judiciary Committee, will likely use the confirmation hearing-and the huge national klieg lights that come with it-to elevate her profile with left-wing primary voters ahead of a potential presidential campaign.

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