Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination hearings will begin September 4, Senator Chuck Grassley announced Friday.
Schumer said on Friday that Republicans were only planning to release a small portion of documents that would be "cherry-picked by a Republican operative" now working for the former president Bush.
Jenny Beth Martin, chairman of the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, said continuing demands from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) for millions of documents from Kavanaugh's tenure prior to being appointed to the federal bench, working for President George W. Bush, is a delaying tactic. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said in a statement Friday. Questioning will begin the following day.
"It's clear that Republicans want to speed this nomination through before we know who Brett Kavanaugh is".
Kavanaugh once helped write the Starr Report, which outlined broad grounds on which to impeach President Clinton for his role in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
July 27: Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley requests only the documents from Kavanaugh's time as White House Counsel and did not request any documents from Kavanaugh' three years as White House Staff Secretary.
White House spokesman Raj Shah praised Grassley for his review of Kavanaugh's career and the upcoming hearings. More sessions with Democrats are expected to be held in the coming weeks.
He further touted the nominee as a mainstream judge with a record of "applying the law as it is written".
But he says he won't make a decision until after Kavanaugh faces a hearing from the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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.
Democrats say the Republicans are relying on the cherry-picked files being released primarily by Bush's lawyer, Bill Burck, who is compiling and vetting the documents, rather than the traditional process conducted by the National Archives and Records Administration.
Grassley said Friday there's "plenty of time" to review the documents but added it's time for Americans "to hear directly" from Kavanaugh.
If he is confirmed, Kavanaugh would take over the seat vacated by Anthony Kennedy, who retired at the end of July.
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"Republicans" mad rush to hold this hearing after unilaterally deciding to block almost all of Judge Kavanaugh's records from public release is further evidence that they are hiding important information from the American people, and continues to raise the question, "What are they hiding?'" Schumer said in a statement. "They seem to be more frightened of this nominee's record and history than any we've ever considered".