The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to hear from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday night and it could be the first time the Judiciary Committee hears from the judge who is facing a potential clash of egoes between himself and the president.
The hearing is being held to examine whether to allow an impeachment trial of Kavanaugh.
President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans are preparing to nominate Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, after the Senate narrowly defeated the nomination last week.
While Democrats and some Republicans have called for the Senate to impeach Kavanaugh, Republicans argue that the president would have to do it himself.
Republicans are expected to ask whether Trump has the authority to remove Kavanaugh from office by declaring him incapacitated.
Democrats, meanwhile, are expected not to let the hearing pass without any questions.
“The Judiciary Committee will have a chance to hear Judge Kavanaugh’s full testimony on Tuesday, which is highly anticipated and is part of the Senate Judiciary panel’s ongoing inquiry into the obstruction of justice allegations against Judge Kavanaugh,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., the top Republican on the committee, said in a statement.
A spokeswoman for the Judiciary committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Some Republicans have said that if Kavanaugh were to be confirmed by the Senate, he would be the highest-ranking member of the Supreme Judicial Court in decades.
In a memo, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R.-Iowa, said that “Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination must be viewed with the utmost seriousness and gravity.”
The Judiciary panel, which was created in 1858 to ensure that the judiciary could not be “held hostage by political and ideological factions,” was created to address the need for independent and impartial judicial reviews of the executive branch.
But it is not clear that the Judiciary panel will be given enough time to consider the case.
If the Judiciary does not have enough time, the president will have the option to declare Kavanaugh “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” as long as the committee has sufficient time to investigate the matter.