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Kavanaugh gets questionnaires for confirmation hearing

Kavanaugh gets questionnaires for confirmation hearing
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President TrumpDonald TrumpWhat blue wave? A close look at Texas today tells of a different story Democrats go down to the wire with Manchin Trump's former bodyguard investigated in NY prosectors' probe: report 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 (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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 GrassleyChuck GrassleyBiden's program for migrant children doesn't go far enough The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden support, gas tax questions remain on infrastructure 64 percent of Iowans say 'time for someone else' to hold Grassley's Senate seat: poll MORE (R-Iowa) submitted the forms to Kavanaugh on Friday night after consulting with Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinProgressive groups ramp up pressure on Feinstein Youth climate activists march outside California homes of Pelosi and Feinstein Cosmetic chemicals need a makeover 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 McConnellDemocrats go down to the wire with Manchin Schumer unloads on GOP over elections bill: 'How despicable of a man is Donald Trump?' This week: Senate set for voting rights fight MORE (R-Ky.) said Friday that he expects the full Senate to vote on his nomination by October.