Kavanaugh inches closer to confirmation hearing with new filing


 Donald Trump and Brett Kavanaugh are pictured. | AP Photo

Senate Republicans hope to have Brett Kavanaugh seated on the court by the time its term begins in early October, but Democrats are pushing for more full disclosure of his communications. | Evan Vucci/AP Photo

Trump’s nominee turned over biographical information, previously delivered speeches, published writings, interviews, past court filings and other related documents.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh formally returned a 110-page questionnaire along with more than 2,000 pages of accompanying material to the Senate Judiciary Committee late Friday, bringing himself one step closer to a scheduled confirmation hearing.

Kavanaugh stated in his responses to the committee that, before President Donald Trump tapped him for the high court, no member of the administration or others involved in the vetting processed had asked about “any currently pending or specific case, legal issue, or question in a manner that could reasonably be interpreted as seeking any express or implied assurances concerning your position on such case, issue, or question.”

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The 53-year-old nominee spent five years in former President George W. Bush’s White House before serving 12 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. In addition to the basic biographical information he submitted, Kavanaugh delivered to senators more than 1,000 pages in previously delivered speeches alone, as well as hundreds more pages of published writings, interviews, past court filings, and other related documents.

Kavanaugh wrote in his questionnaire that White House counsel Don McGahn first discussed a potential nomination with him late on June 27, the same day that Justice Anthony Kennedy officially announced a retirement from the Supreme Court. On July 8, the day before Trump named Kavanaugh, the nominee wrote that he spoke with the president in the morning and met that evening with the president and First Lady Melania Trump.

“During that meeting, the President offered me the nomination, and I accepted,” Kavanaugh wrote.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) lauded Kavanaugh in a statement for comprehensively completing “the broadest and most comprehensive questionnaire ever sent by this Committee,” vowing to preside over a “fair, thorough and efficient vetting process.”

Senate Republicans hope to have Kavanaugh confirmed and seated on the court by the time its term begins in early October, but Democrats are pushing for more full disclosure of his communications before joining the federal bench that could delay a final vote. Majority Leader has met that insistence from Democrats by indicating that he’s prepared to wait until mid- or late October for Kavanaugh’s final confirmation, potentially ratcheting up the pressure on vulnerable red-state Democratic senators up for reelection.

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