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4 Things to Expect From Next Week’s Kavanaugh Hearings

Judge Brett Kavanaugh will face the Senate Judiciary Committee next week, ahead of committee and full-floor votes on his nomination to be the next Supreme Court justice.

By NTK Staff | 08.31.2018 @10:00am
4 Things to Expect From Next Week’s Kavanaugh Hearings

From Tuesday, September 4 through Friday, September 7, Judge Brett Kavanaugh will face the Senate Judiciary Committee for his confirmation hearing to be the next justice on the Supreme Court.

Here are four things to expect during next week’s hearings.

A PREPARED NOMINEE

According to recent reports, Judge Kavanaugh is deep in preparation for his confirmation hearings. Republican senators supporting Kavanaugh have helped the judge prepare for what will surely be tough lines of inquiry from Senate Democrats on the committee (see below).

Politico reported on Thursday:

Kavanaugh, a Washington veteran who worked for President George W. Bush and helped write the Starr Report, has called on his vast network to help him get ready for the hearings. His former clerks, lawyers from the conservative Federalist Society and even Republican senators have participated in nearly a dozen practice sessions designed to mimic the conditions of the often-grueling hearings, according to a White House official.

Kavanaugh has sat through two confirmation hearings before: one in 2004 and one in 2006, both for his elevation to the D.C. Circuit Court. Neither of those, though, lasted four days.

FURIOUS DEM OPPOSITION

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) set the tone for the Kavanaugh nomination in July when he pledged to liberals that he would oppose the judge “with everything I’ve got.”

Democrats have followed Schumer’s lead and have pledged total and complete opposition to Kavanaugh, but signs are they’re falling flat. Axios reported this week that there were “[f]resh signs that Democrats won’t be able to stop Kavanaugh,” despite pouring money and time into finding anything to convince moderate Republicans and red-state Democrats to vote against the judge.

Incompetence, though, won’t stop Democrats on the Judiciary Committee – and dark money groups opposing Kavanaugh, like Demand Justice – from throwing everything up on the wall against Kavanaugh, to see what sticks.

2020 AUDITIONS

At least three Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee may run for president in 2020:

  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) is considered a potential dark-horse candidate
  • Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) has been considered a likely 2020 candidate for years
  • Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) is new to the U.S. Senate, but is already buzzed about as a presidential candidate

Look for all three senators to make their 30-minute question-and-answer periods with Kavanaugh more about themselves than about hearing from the judge.

A NOUN, A VERB, TRUMP

If Democrats’ witness list for Friday – the final day of Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing, when outside witnesses testify on behalf of Republicans and Democrats – is any indicator, Democrats will hone in on President Trump and the Russia investigation during next week’s hearing.

The ‘star’ witness for Democrats is John Dean, “President Richard Nixon’s White House counsel during the Watergate scandal.” According to NOLA.com, Dean “will speak about the abuse of executive power, Feinstein’s office said.”

Another Democratic witness, Peter Shane of Ohio State University, “will speak about executive power and how the president is not above the law.”

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