Brett Kavanaugh hearing: What time, what channel, who is on the committee?

The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday.

The hearings, which are scheduled for up to four days, will begin at 9:30 a.m. ET. each day beginning Tuesday.

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According to the Judiciary Committee schedule, 30 hours have been carved out for testimony this week to examine the record of the man who was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the seat of retiring Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy.

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Here’s what you need to know about this week’s hearings.

What happens on Tuesday?

Kavanaugh will be introduced by Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and lawyer Lisa Blatt who describes herself as a “liberal feminist lawyer:”

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Kavanaugh, 53, worked with both Portman and Rice in the George W. Bush White House.

Kavanaugh will give an opening statement then the 21 senators on the committee will give statements as well.

What happens on Wednesday?

On Wednesday, the question-and-answer session begins. Each senator will be recognized to speak, beginning with the Republican chairman of the committee then the ranking Democrat. The questioning will then alternate by party and order of seniority from that point on.

What happens on Thursday?

On Thursday, the questioning will likely be done with and the day will be spent listening to witnesses who will speak either for or against Kavanaugh’s nomination. John Dean, the former White House counsel who testified against President Richard Nixon in the 1970s, is among those who will testify.

Who else will testify this week?

These people will be testifying either for or against Kavanaugh’s nomination.

  • Paul T. Moxley, chair of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary
  • John R. Tarpley, principal evaluator, American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary
  • Luke McCloud, a former law clerk for Kavanaugh
  • Louisa Garry, a teacher at Friends Academy in Locust Valley, NY
  • Theodore B. Olson, former solicitor general of the United States
  • Colleen E. Roh Sinzdak, a former student of Kavanaugh's
  • Akhil Amar, professor of law and political science at Yale Law School
  • Rep. Cedric Richmond, (D-Louisiana), chairman, Congressional Black Caucus
  • Rochelle Garza, an attorney
  • Elizabeth Weintraub, advocacy specialist, Association of University Centers on Disabilities
  • Alicia Baker 
  • Melissa Murray, professor of law, New York University School of Law
  • A.J. Kramer, a federal public defender for the District of Columbia
  • Rebecca Taibleson, assistant U.S. attorney, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Maureen E. Mahoney, former deputy solicitor general of the United States
  • Kenneth Christmas, executive vice president, business and legal affairs, Marvista Entertainment
  • Aalayah Eastmond
  • Jackson Corbin
  • Hunter LaChance
  • Melissa Smith, a social studies teacher at U.S. Grant Public High School in Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • Monica Mastal, a real estate agent
  • Paul Clement, former solicitor general
  • Adam White, professor and executive director of the C. Boyden Gray Center for the
  • Study of the Administrative State at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University
  • Jennifer Mascott, assistant professor of law at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University
  • Rebecca Ingber, associate professor of law at the Boston University School of Law
  • Lisa Heinzerling, professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center
  • Peter Shane, professor of law at the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University

What time do the hearings start?

The hearings are scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. ET Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, if needed. There is no set time for them to end, but they could go on for nine to 10 hours a day.

What channel are the hearings on?

C-SPAN and C-SPAN3 will broadcast the hearings from gavel-to-gavel. Fox News is also broadcasting the hearings live.

Are the hearings live streamed?

Yes. You can watch the hearing on the Judiciary Committee website here.

Who are the members on the Judiciary Committee?

The members of the committee who will be questioning Kavanaugh and voting on a recommendation to send his nomination to the full Senate are:


Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa)
Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina)
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) 
Sen. Michael S. Lee (R-Utah)
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska)
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona)
Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)
Sen. Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina)
Sen. John Kennedy (R-Louisiana)


Ranking Member Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-California)
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont)
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois)
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island)
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota)
Sen. Christopher A. Coons (D-Delaware)
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut)
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii)
Sen. Cory Booker (D-New Jersey)
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-California)

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