Judiciary Outlines Potentially Historic Kavanaugh Hearing

With media outlets preparing for a full-court press on the 10 a.m. hearing into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the committee office of Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) has released a rundown of "logistics and timing" for that hearing.

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Kavanaugh and accuser Christine Blasey Ford are the only witnesses, which was a point of some contention for those who argued other accusers or potential witnesses should be heard from. 

The hearing gavels in at 10 a.m., with Ford sworn in and giving her opening statement, with no time limit. Ford will answer questions, with each senator getting a five-minute round of questions, which the committee said was at Ford's request. alternating between Republicans and Democrats. 

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The Republican majority has brought in an independent prosecutor experienced in sex crimes to ask questions as well. Any senator who wants another committee member or staff counsel to ask in their stead will be permitted to do so.

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The hearing could be a marathon and the chairman's office could not estimate how long it would take, which it said will depend on "the length of the chairman and ranking member’s opening statements; length of Dr. Ford’s opening statement; length of Judge Kavanaugh’s opening statement; length of breaks, which each witness can request. 

In addition to being roadblocked on broadcast and cable TV, it will be streamed on the committee site here:

The Judiciary Committee has tentatively scheduled a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination for Friday, Sept. 28.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.