Jones: Hit pause button on Kavanaugh confirmation hearings

August 24, 2018

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama is repeating his call to hit the “pause button” on confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The Alabama Democrat said Friday he wants time to see the full documents from Kavanaugh’s past work in the White House. The National Archives has estimated that will take until October. Republicans want to hold hearings in September.

Jones said he wants to make sure he “has all the information.”

He said that would also give this week’s events “a chance to settle out,” referring to former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s plea deal and the conviction of Trump’s former campaign chair.

Jones criticized Trump’s attacks on the Department of Justice and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Jones said Sessions did the correct thing by recusing from an investigation involving Trump.