Save the date.
The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to begin confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Sept. 4, Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, announced Friday.
Grassley expects the hearings to last between three to four days, his office said, with opening statements delivered on Sept. 4 and the questioning of Kavanaugh to begin on Sept. 5.
At first blush, Friday’s announcement may not have seemed especially surprising. After all, Senate Republicans have said they intend to confirm the conservative jurist before the Supreme Court’s fall session, which means confirmation hearings have to begin in early September.
The trouble, of course, is whether senators will be able to properly prepare to scrutinize Kavanaugh’s record without access to his lengthy paper trail.