Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing Timeline and Chaos
If you've been following the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, then you've undoubtedly heard and seen the chaos. In addition to the clear partisan divide being exacerbated by and played out via an ongoing discovery dispute, protesters have been more vocal than ever before, causing countless interruptions throughout both the first and second days.
Already, there has been over 70 arrests (no word on charges), and protesters even showed up dressed up as "Handmaids" from the new, hit, dystopian series, "The Handmaid's Tale." Recently, we asked if people really cared about the Supreme Court, and it seems the answer is rather clear.
Read on below to learn more about the timeline and what to expect for the rest of Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing.
Timeline to a Vote
With the next SCOTUS term merely a month from starting, the Court is still down one Justice, but may not be for long. According to PBS News Hour, the first day of questions, Wednesday, the most significant day by-far, provided each Senator with 30 minutes each to question Judge Kavanaugh.
On Thursday, Senators will be allowed an additional 20 minutes each to ask questions. On Friday, witnesses will testify for and against Kavanaugh. A vote could convene as early as next week, but is almost certain to occur before the term begins.
Despite some Senators' repeated requests to postpone the hearing until the discovery dispute is resolved, this is an unlikely result. However, it is likely that the chaos and interruptions caused by the protesters will add additional time to the process (or just result in longer days).
- A Day in the Life of Justice Gorsuch (FindLaw's Supreme Court Blog)
- The Polls Aren't Kind to Kavanaugh, So? (FindLaw's Supreme Court Blog)
- Kavanaugh Confirmation Battle Starts Early (FindLaw's Supreme Court Blog)
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