As the United States Senate conducts confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, questions about his judicial philosophy and views on controversial subjects including cannabis remain. Senate hearings in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nomination began Tuesday with senators from the Democratic Party calling for the proceedings to be postponed.
Democrats believe that the confirmation is being rushed by the Republican majority and want more time to receive and review documents from Kavanaugh’s time as a federal judge and on the White House staff during the presidency of George W. Bush. Kavanaugh is currently a circuit judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
The Trump administration is withholding more than 100,000 pages of Bush White House documents from senators, citing executive privilege. And just hours before the hearing on Labor Day evening, the attorney for former President Bush provided more than 42,000 pages of documents from Kavanaugh’s White House service.
“What are we trying to hide? Why are we rushing?” wondered Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.).
Dems Oppose Nomination
Democrats cite Kavanaugh’s views on the executive power of the president, abortion, and other issues as cause for opposition to Kavanaugh’s nomination.