When Will Kavanaugh Be Confirmed?

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, believes Judge Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed by mid-September.

Partial transcript as follows:

HEWITT: Let’s go back to these hearings. At what point do you think Chuck Grassley will simply bring them to a conclusion? We don’t want a Clarence Thomas 2.0. We don’t want a borking. We want the same respect as was extended to Judges Sotomayor, now Justice Sotomayor, Solicitor General Kagan, now Justice Kagan. That’s what we give them. At what point will Charles Grassley bring down the gavel to stop the abuse of the nominee?

TILLIS: Well, I think it starts with the members of Judiciary on his side of the aisle kind of setting our expectations, and I believe that we’ve done that. Chuck Grassley’s one of the best chairs that I’ve had the privilege to work with. And we’ve made it very clear that we will be respectful of the institution and the process, but we are not going to allow this process to get railroaded. And having a timeline consistent with Sotomayor and with Gorsuch is appropriate, and that’s going into this process our expectation. If it’s just a week, is that a problem? No. If it shifts much beyond that, then I think it becomes a problem.

HEWITT: So you are very confident third or fourth week in August for hearings?

TILLIS: Yeah, I think third or fourth week for the hearings, and then you know, that sets us up for a vote in time to get Judge Kavanaugh seated and have him ready for the next session.

HEWITT: Perhaps by mid-September, because you’ve got to dive into those briefs. It takes a few days. 30 seconds to you, Senator Tillis. You’ve got to give them a couple of weeks to get ready for the term.

TILLIS: Well, that’s right. That’s exactly why we’ve got to pull it forward so that he is ready to be an active member. He’s a brilliant guy. He brings a lot of experience, so I think in a couple of weeks, he’ll be ready.

HEWITT: Last question. In terms of percentage, what’s your level of confidence that Judge Kavanaugh will become Justice Kavanaugh in September?

TILLIS: 100.

HEWITT: 100%. Thom Tillis, that’s what I wanted to hear. Thank you, my friend.

  • Dewayne

    No Problem if the republicans can work together, that means McCain needs to vote yes. He is a play like republican. McCain Please put the citizens of America First , we don’t care about you wounded pride. We need Kavanaugh, so we can preserve the Constitution & the American way of live. McCain vote yes!

    • Tom

      I think your expecting a lot more from John McCain, than he’s willing to give, he hates Trump, and makes no beans about it, I think you are in dream land.

  • Craig Apelbaum

    Confirm Brett Kavanagh for supreme court Judge now. And make an end of it.

  • metheoldsarge

    Trump could nominate Obama, Hillary, Bill, Lynch or Holder and the Liberals would find a reason to reject it.

    • M.A.Rue

      Scariest thing I’ve heard in a very long time!

  • BillB

    Hopefully there are still a few Dems with enough love for our nation and our Constitution to vote for a very qualified and respected jurist! If they or McCain will not, then the American voters will hopefully vote many of the naysayers out in the next election… by coming to their senses and acting with not so common decency!

  • jack

    All Justices that do not support the Constitution should be removed for failure to honor there Oath of Office to support and protect The Constitution of Th United States of America ! I encourage the House to start impeachment of any Justice that violated there Oath ! Communism supporter Ginsburg is a prime example of one that has stated her defiance of the Constitution and should be impeached !