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Kavanaugh gets questionnaires for confirmation hearing

Kavanaugh gets questionnaires for confirmation hearing
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I don't trust everybody in the White House' JPMorgan CEO withdraws from Saudi conference Trump defends family separations at border MORE's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been provided with questionnaires to fill out ahead of his confirmation hearing, Senate aides announced Saturday.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday sent several forms to Kavanaugh requesting various biographical information from him and details on his published writings and statements, as well as financial assets.

The documents ask Kavanaugh, a former associate White House counsel and staff secretary under former President George W. Bush who currently sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, to provide information about cases he has presided over and related opinions. 

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They also request that he "identify the basis by which as a judge you have assessed the necessity or propriety of recusal."

Some Senate Democrats have demanded that Kavanaugh commit to recusing himself from any legal cases involving special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

They also provided Kavanaugh, 53, with a confidential form seeking details about his health, employment history and tax information, as well as a financial statement requesting details on his assets and liabilities. 

The Judiciary Committee said that Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyClinton's security clearance withdrawn at her request Kavanaugh tensions linger after bitter fight Senate heads home to campaign after deal on Trump nominees MORE (R-Iowa) submitted the forms to Kavanaugh on Friday night after consulting with Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinTop Judiciary Dems call for unredacted 'zero tolerance' memo MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace: I told Jeb Bush 'he should have punched' Trump 'in the face' Kavanaugh tensions linger after bitter fight MORE (Calif.), the panel's top Democrat.

"As is the committee’s practice for questionnaires of Supreme Court nominees, these documents have been customized to include sections relevant to the nominee’s own experiences," a Judiciary Committee aide said in announcing the forms.

"This questionnaire seeks certain information related to the nominee’s service in the Office of Independent Counsel, work on the 2000 presidential campaign and Florida recount, and time as a law school professor."

The Judiciary Committee has not yet scheduled a hearing for Kavanaugh, whom Trump announced as his pick to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday.

Grassley told CNN this week that he hopes to have confirmation hearings for Kavanaugh by early September. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP Senate candidate: Kavanaugh 'debacle' 'hugely motivating' to Missouri voters Trump praises McConnell: He ‘stared down the angry left-wing mob’ to get Kavanaugh confirmed Murkowski not worried about a Palin challenge MORE (R-Ky.) said Friday that he expects the full Senate to vote on his nomination by October.