Grassley expects the hearing to last 3 to 4 days. "He's a mainstream judge".
But Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, who has promised to fight Kavanaugh's nomination, said in a statement that Republicans were in a "mad rush" to hold hearings after deciding to block almost all of Kavanaugh's records from public release.
President TrumpDonald John TrumpKobach agrees to recuse himself from vote counting in Kansas GOP primary NFL players kneel during national anthem before first preseason game Schiff blasts GOP for Russian Federation probe conduct: "That's how you obstruct an investigation, not how you conduct one" MORE's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh wrote in a 1995 memo that presidents should be subject to testimony in front of a grand jury the same as any private citizen. Members of the committee will be able to make opening statements on September 4 and questioning will commence the next day. "Judge Kavanaugh has been endorsed by leading figures on the Right and the Left".
Following the hearings and the vote from the committee, Kavanaugh's nomination would then be considered by the full Senate.
The coalition letters, organized by Open the Government, come on the heels of similar letters from Schumer and Judiciary Committee Democrats.
Grassley said Friday there's "plenty of time" to review the documents but added it's time for Americans "to hear directly" from Kavanaugh.
"Democrats have already announced that they oppose him, so this claim that they need more time or more documents is nothing more than a show, a fishing expedition designed to obstruct and create gridlock", she said.
He has met privately with nearly all the Republican senators and one Democrat as supporters try to build momentum for confirmation.
"It means that the chairman is telling the American people that this hearing is barreling forward, no matter what, no matter how little information is available to the Senate and public or how many shortcuts the committee has to take", she said.
The Archives has said its review of some 1 million pages of Kavanaugh records the committee requested will not be fully available until the end of October. Of that small portion, only 5,800 non-substantive documents were released publicly.
"Republican efforts to make this the least transparent, most secretive Supreme Court nomination in history continue", Schumer said.