WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- President Donald Trump’s pick to fill an empty seat on the Supreme Court, will sit in the hot seat in Congress later today.
Even before confirmation hearings begin for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, senators appear largely split along party lines on the president’s pick -- Judge Brett Kavanaugh. But, they do agree on this: if Kavanaugh becomes the country’s next Supreme Court Justice, he could tilt the court in a more conservative direction.
In a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee today – Republicans are expected to ask questions highlighting Kavanaugh’s record, both as a judge on the DC Court of Appeals and as a lawyer for the George W. Bush administration.
Democrats will try to punch holes in his resume and credibility, get him to weigh in on controversial topics, and question the thoroughness of the vetting process itself.
In a one-on-one interview Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said he doesn’t expect any of the day’s drama to sway anyone’s vote. “Look, this is a very partisan exercise,” he said, “I think 95 of the 100 knew how they were going to vote before the nomination was even made. There were four or five that were genuinely undecided. We’ll start hearing from them, after the hearings are complete.”
McConnell said he expects the Senate will decide whether to allow Kavanaugh onto the Supreme Court by the end of the month. The chamber approved the president’s pick for the previous vacancy – Justice Neil Gorsuch 54 to 45.
Many democrats remain irritated that republicans blocked President Barack Obama’s choice – Judge Merrick Garland -- to fill that vacancy from even being considered.
It’s unclear whether that bad blood will spill into this hearing.
Gray Television’s DC Bureau will cover the day’s confirmation hearing as it unfolds and get reaction from key lawmakers involved.