The date for Garland’s confirmation hearing had been pending, in part due to the weeks of negotiations between the Senate leaders over an organizational resolution to run the 50:50 Chamber. Before the organizational resolution was passed, the Republicans of the Senate were still technically holding committee trips.
Durbin had asked Senator Lindsey Graham (RS.C.), who was chairman until last week, to hold the Garland hearing on February 8th. Graham declined, however, on the grounds that it was against the committee’s standard to only hold a confirmation hearing 28 days after receiving the filing. He added that there would not be enough time to consider Garland prior to the Senate impeachment trial.
Grassley said in a statement Tuesday evening that “given the importance of that role, he has agreed to make an exception for the 28-day period and” speed up the markup for the committee hearing. ”
“Given these arrangements, I expect a thorough review of Judge Garland’s qualifications and quick and transparent responses going forward,” he said.
According to the committee’s schedule, Garland will appear before the committee on the first day of his hearing. The second day will consist of statements from external witnesses. The Senators will then send questions to Garland for the record on Feb.24. Garland has until February 28 to respond.
Biden announced that he plans to appoint Garland as attorney general. Jan. 7 Garland is the former Chief Justice of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and was President Barack Obama’s election to the Supreme Court in March 2016. however, it was blocked by the GOP-controlled Senate.