Kavanaugh has been keeping a steady schedule of meetings with lawmakers in the weeks since Trump announced his nomination on July 9. On Wednesday, Kavanaugh was on Capitol Hill for meetings with seven senators.
In an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) was asked whether there is even “a 10 percent chance” that his committee will hold hearings on Kavanaugh in August.
“I don’t think so,” Grassley replied. He said that it appears “early September would be the earliest” that the hearings would take place.
Republicans are hopeful that the hearings will wrap up in time for Kavanaugh to be installed before the court starts its new term on the first Monday of October, although Grassley suggested Wednesday that it’s possible the process may take longer.
“So if we could get this all done by October 1st when the Supreme Court starts its new fall session, [it] would be ideal,” Grassley said. “But I think we can get it done soon after that if we don’t get it done by October 1st.”
Senators this week have stepped up a bitter fight over documents related to Kavanaugh’s tenure as staff secretary for President George W. Bush, in a sign that the upcoming confirmation process is likely to be an acrimonious one.