Happening: After New Filing Kavanaugh Is Now One Step Closer To Confirmation Vote

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is set to become the second Supreme Court Justice added under President Trump’s early presidency and just got one step closer to the confirmation vote.

On Friday evening, Kavanaugh returned a 110-page questionnaire and more than 2,000 pages of accompanying material, Politico reports, moving his confirmation process along to the next step.

From Politico:

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.”

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.

Senate Democrats are still looking to delay the confirmation vote for as long as possible, until at least after the November congressional elections. Should they get a majority in the Senate, Democrats will presumably end the confirmation process:

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Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has cautioned that if Democrats delay the vote, he will have it scheduled right before the congressional elections. This, McConnell said, will serve two purposes: one, it will force vulnerable Democrats in red states to go on record for the vote; two, it will deal a momentum blow to Democrats, should Kavanaugh be approved.



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