The schedule makes a affirmation vote on Garland’s nomination possible for March 1, Politico reported, noting that Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and rating member Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, had agreed to the schedule.
“I’m happy that we will announce that the Committee can be transferring ahead on a bipartisan foundation,” Durbin mentioned in an announcement, in accordance to Politico. “Judge Garland will serve the Justice Department and our nation with honor and integrity. He is a consensus pick who must be confirmed swiftly on his deserves.”
In January, a spokesman for Grassley advised Fox News that Garland’s listening to will embrace questions concerning the present federal investigation into Hunter Biden, the president’s son, who has confirmed that his “tax affairs” are underneath authorities scrutiny.
Garland will seem earlier than the Senate panel on the primary day of the hearings whereas outdoors witnesses will seem on the second day, Politico reported. Senators will then submit additional questions to Garland on Feb. 24 and he may have till Feb. 28 to reply, the report said.
Garland, 68, is a local of Chicago who has served since 1997 as a federal decide on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Many Americans first grew to become conversant in Garland in 2016, when former President Barack Obama nominated him to fill a U.S. Supreme Court emptiness after Associated Justice Antonin Scalia died in February of that yr.
But then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and different Republicans argued that Garland’s nomination shouldn’t be thought-about throughout an election yr, and the courtroom pick ought to as an alternative go to the winner of that November’s presidential election.
The emptiness was finally stuffed by President Donald Trump, who chosen Judge Neil Gorsuch to succeed Scalia. The Senate confirmed Gorsuch’s nomination April 7, 2017, and he stays on the Supreme Court.
Garland beforehand served in senior positions within the Justice Department and was a supervisor of the prosecution of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, in accordance to The Associated Press.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.