The timing of Garland’s confirmatory hearing was inadequate, due in part to the fact that Senate leaders had been discussing an organizational decision to govern the 50-50 Chamber for weeks. Prior to the adoption of the organizing resolution, Senate Republicans were technically still holding committee gavallers.
Durbin asked Senator Lindsey Graham (RS.C.), who was still president until last week, to hold a Garland hearing on Feb. 8. hearing 28 days after receipt of paperwork. He added that there will not be enough time for Garland to consider before hearing the Senate indictment.
Grassley said in a statement tonight that “given the importance of this role, he agreed to make an exception to the 28-day timeframe and“ expedite the nomination for a post-committee hearing ”.
“Given these accommodations, I expect a thorough review of Judge Garland’s qualifications, as well as quick and transparent responses in the future,” he said.
According to the committee schedule, Garland will appear before the committee on the first day of his confirmatory hearing. The second day consists of the testimony of outside witnesses. The senators will then submit the registration questions to Garland on Feb. 24. Garland has until February 28 to respond.
Biden has announced plans to appoint Garland by Jan. 7. Garland was a former chief justice of the U.S. District Court for Appeals in Colombia and elected President Barack Obama to the Supreme Court in March 2016. however, it was blocked by a senate controlled by the GOP.