Senate judiciary panel to hold new hearing for judicial nominee after filibuster threat Jeannie Shawl at 2:10 PM ET
[JURIST] US Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official website], chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website], said Thursday that the committee will hold further hearings on the nomination of White House aide Brett Kavanaugh [White House backgrounder] to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. Democrats have called for another hearing on the nomination to determine the extent to which Kavanaugh was involved in setting administration policies on interrogation of detainees and the NSA's domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive] and whether Kavanaugh played a role in the administration's relationship with former Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff [JURIST news archive], who has been convicted on corruption charges. Specter scheduled the hearing for next Tuesday, with a committee vote on the nomination to follow Thursday.
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