When Kavanaugh Hearings Will Begin

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) believes the Senate hearings for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh will start in September.

Partial transcript as follows:

HEWITT: When are the hearings going to start, Senator Grassley?

GRASSLEY: Well, all I can tell you at this point, and maybe a week from now I can be more specific, sometime during September. But the earlier, the better, and if these documents coming from the archives and from George W. Bush’s presidential library and other things get up here soon, then the sooner the better, we can have a hearing. But we normally take, let me give you some sort of a ballpark rationale for what I just said. July the 9th, the nominee is appointed by the president. Then, usually, 65-70 days on average, Kagan took about 80-some days. So, about two-thirds of that time would be used for staff and senators going over everything that we have on a particular candidate, and then you have a week of hearing. So, you hope to do it on a Tuesday and Wednesday, or it might be a Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and then you’re going to have a day that week for people that are for Kavanaugh and people that are against Kavanaugh, and then there’ll be a week for him to answer questions in writing, because not every question is going to be asked orally. And then he’s put on the agenda, and our rules allow a person to be held over. So, probably two weeks from the time he gets all the questions answered, he’d be debated in our committee, voted out the same day, then probably within two days, go to the Senate floor. So, if we could get this all done by October 1st when the Supreme Court starts its new fall session, would be ideal. But I think we can get it done soon after that if we don’t get it done by October the 1st.

HEWITT: There’s no way to start the hearings in August, because some people had hoped that we would have that special session, part of it would be given over to the Kavanaugh hearings?

GRASSLEY: I kinda doubt it. I wouldn’t say no at this point, because this is only August 1st. But it seems to me like early September would be the earliest. But I’d rather say, at this point, sometime in September. But the point is we need to get this done, and we will get it done early this fall, so that we don’t have to worry about it being brought up in the election.


HEWITT: I sure would love to get those Kavanaugh hearings going in August. And so is there a 10% chance of that happening, senator?

GRASSLEY: I don’t think so.

  • Oscar Pearson

    This is why we need term limits. They waste so much time when they are actually in session! In the private sector they couldn’t keep a job!

    • bob

      And it should apply to the Supreme Court justices too.


    I am praying Mr Kavanaugh be our next SCOTUS , I think He will be .
    Our Great President Mr TRUMP is been attacked by All forces of evil in the camp of the demonRats . But We the Deplorables have the Big gun , “PRAYING” . I am asking to all of You to constantly talk to & pray to GOD the Father & Jesus the Son to protect & guide our President .
    Lets do it to MAGA , & vote TRUMP’s type of Republicans everywhere all the time except paul ryan & mitch mcconnell .
    mueller is not only corrupt , evil & traitor , he’s a thief , he’s after the money he’s cashing in & will streach it as long as he can .
    Mr Sessions why are You NOT doing your job & fire rosenstein & mueller & all the other creepy crooks .

    • bob

      Here is something interesting. Sessions recused himself in the Hillary investigation or anything to do with the 2016 supposed Russian interference in the election.
      But the other day I heard that Rosenstein has asked I believe AG’s from different states to assign 3 people to look into Kavanaughs past judicial records & papers.
      Now can anyone tell me the connection between the Russian interference investigation & the
      Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. Why is Sessions NOT the lead in anything to do with anything involving something which is NOT connected in any way shape or form to what Mueller is investigating.
      Trump should FIRE Sessions , then Rosenstein & revoke the security clearance of all those involved with the shit going on in the DOJ. the FBI . the State Dept & any other agency that is involved with pissing millions of taxpayer dollars away on NOTHING & being a hindrance in doing the jobs they are supposed to be doing

  • omen11

    How can Kavanaugh possibly get a fair hearing after most Democrat leaders have falsely condemned him before they start. The worst part of this is the fact that the very people that have condemned him are they themselves deserved of much scrutiny for past and on going offenses.What a screwed up system we have.

  • usmcb10

    we as a nation have been bogged down in republican versus democrat far to long..We need to forget about our parties and remember we are all American and do what is best for our nation and not our parties