Judge Brett Kavanaugh will be heading into the Senate Judiciary on Tuesday and will face a den of Democrat lions during his confirmation hearing.
Democrat lawmakers have denounced the nominee for his anti-abortion stance and for other principled stances he took during his time working on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and in the George W. Bush administration.
Per Washington Examiner:
Brett Kavanaugh will take the hot seat Tuesday when he heads before the Senate Judiciary Committee for his confirmation hearing, a marathon event that caps off a bruising confirmation battle.
The hearing will be a major test for Kavanaugh, who would cause the ideological balance of the Supreme Court to shift firmly to the right if confirmed.
Kavanaugh’s nomination has already drawn opposition from more than two dozen Senate Democrats, and while many have already made up their minds about President Trump’s nominee, his confirmation hearing will also serve as a means for the public to draw their own conclusions about Kavanaugh.
President Trump and conservatives will look to make history after the confirmation of the second Supreme Court Justice in just two years of the Trump administration.
Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director at Judicial Crisis Network, described the importance of the public hearing, especially as it relates to Kavanaugh.
“It’s important for the American people themselves to have an opportunity to see him and to see his responses,” she said, as the Washington Examiner reports. “Right now, they’ve been hearing two narratives that are diametrically opposed about this nominee. Is he fair and experienced and an evenhanded judge, or is he the devil incarnate? We’re going to find out and see who shows up at the hearing. That’s going to be a service in itself.”
There could be at least two main issues brought before Kavanaugh by Democrats: whether a sitting president has to comply with a subpoena and whether he has any present intention to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision which granted a woman the right to have an abortion.
The confirmation process this week will span four days before the committee will decide whether or not Kavanaugh gets a vote of approval from the committee. Should he get the nod, a vote before the full senatorial chamber will be scheduled. A candidate that gets approval from the committee will nearly always go on to get confirmed by the full chamber.
Here’s the week outlook, per the Washington Examiner:
The main event begins Tuesday at 9:30 a.m., when the Judiciary Committee’s 21 members will hear introductions from former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Lisa Blatt, a self-described “liberal feminist” lawyer.
Over the course of the next two days, Kavanaugh will be grilled by Senate Democrats and Republicans in two rounds of questioning. The first round will begin Wednesday, when members of the Judiciary Committee will get 30 minutes apiece. On Thursday, each senator will have 20 minutes for the second round of questioning.
The fourth day of Kavanaugh’s hearing, Friday, will hear from four panels of witnesses from the majority and the minority.
Before the close of the hearing, senators will hear from a group that includes two former solicitors general, Kavanaugh’s ex-law clerks, legal scholars, and other members of the legal community, who will offer their support for the Supreme Court nominee.