WASHINGTON – As the Senate Judiciary Committee continues its work reviewing the nomination of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, committee Democrats—all of whom are expected to vote against Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination—continue their meritless obstruction campaign by issuing an unprecedented 1,278 written questions for the record to the nominee. This is more than the combined number of written questions submitted to every prior Supreme Court nominee.

“Last week, Judge Kavanaugh sat before the Senate Judiciary Committee for well over 32 hours of statements and questions. In just the same way I handled the Gorsuch hearing, members had the opportunity to ask as many questions they wanted to ask,” Chairman Grassley said. “Submitting this many written questions appears to be just one more effort to gum up the process. It’s unnecessary and dilatory, especially when many have already decided to vote against Judge Kavanaugh. What more do they need to know to vote ‘no’?”

After every nominations hearing held by the committee—from lower court to Supreme Court nominees, members can submit written questions for the record (QFRs). Since the Senate began taking testimony for Supreme Court nominations, only 1,247 questions for the record have ever been submitted. Here’s a breakdown of the number of questions members of the minority sent to Judge Kavanaugh.

 

As they did last week, Democrats appear to be seeking a sideshow instead of senatorial deliberation. On Friday, Chairman Grassley wrote that this opposition is failing because it’s meritless.

 

Historical breakdowns on the number of written questions for Supreme Court nominees follows.

 

Historical QFR Practice

Kavanaugh Total QFRs: 1287

All other SCOTUS nominees who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee,

Total QFRs: 1247

 

Nominee

# QFRs

 

Nominee

# QFRs

Kavanaugh (2018)

1287

 

White (1962)

0

Gorsuch (2017)

324

 

Stewart (1959)

0

Kagan (2010)

210

 

Whittaker (1957)

0

Sotomayor (2009)

214

 

Brennan (1957)

0

Alito (2006)

99

 

Harlan II (1955)

0

Roberts (2005)

231

 

Warren (1954)

0

Breyer (1994)

5

 

Minton (1949)

0

Ginsburg (1993)

20

 

Clark (1949)

0

Thomas (1991)

18

 

Vinson (1946)

0

Souter (1990)

4

 

Burton (1945)

0

Kennedy (1987)

47

 

Rutledge (1943)

0

Bork (1987)

15

 

Jackson (1941)

0

Rehnquist (1986 CJ, 1971)

44

 

Byrnes (1941)

0

Scalia (1986)

3

 

Stone (1941)

0

O’Connor (1981)

8

 

Murphy (1940)

0

Stevens (1975)

5

 

Douglas (1939)

0

Powell (1971)

0

 

Frankfurter (1939)

0

Blackmun (1970)

0

 

Reed (1938)

0*

Carswell (1970)

0

 

Cardozo (1932)

0*

Haynsworth (1969)

0

 

Parker (1930)

0*

Burger (1969)

0

 

Stone (1925)

0

Thornberry (1968)

0

 

Butler (1922)

0*

Fortas (1965, 1968)

0

 

Brandeis (1916)

0*

Marshall (1968)

0

 

Williams (1873)

0*

Goldberg (1962)

0

 

Total Other QFRs:

1247

 

* No testimony from nominee at hearing or in QFRs.

 

 

Overview of QFRs per Nominee

 

Kavanaugh QFRs: TOTAL = 1287

Grassley: 8

Coons: 192

Durbin: 128

Feinstein: 241

Flake: 1

Harris: 113

Hirono: 122

Leahy: 117

Klobuchar: 14

Whitehouse: 161

Blumenthal: 100

Booker: 90

 

Gorsuch QFRs: TOTAL = 324

Blumenthal: 50

Coons: 43

Durbin: 3

Feinstein: 100

Franken: 27

Hirono: 42

Leahy: 33

Whitehouse: 26

 

Kagan QFRs: TOTAL = 210

Grassley: 27

Sessions: 88

Cornyn: 45

Coburn: 20

Graham: 8

Kyl: 22

 

Sotomayor QFRs: TOTAL = 214

Cornyn: 19

Coburn: 32

Grassley: 62

Sessions: 98

Kyl: 3

 

Roberts QFRs: TOTAL = 231

Biden: 19

Brownback: 7

Feingold: 5

Feinstein: 13

Kennedy: 101

Kyl: 1

Leahy: 17 (8 submitted on behalf of Sen. Levin)

Feinstein for Mikulski: 17

Schumer: 51

 

Alito QFRs: TOTAL = 99

Biden: 11

Durbin:  22

Kennedy: 2

Leahy: 1

Levin: 14

Schumer: 45

Feingold: 2

 

Ginsburg QFRs: TOTAL = 20

Biden: 3

Thurmond: 4

Kohl: 1

Pressler: 12

 

Breyer QFRs: TOTAL = 5

Simpson (for Warner): 5

 

Souter QFRs: TOTAL = 4

Levin: 4

 

Thomas QFRs: TOTAL = 18

Biden: 5

Levin: 11

Byrd: 2

 

Kennedy QFRs: TOTAL = 47

Biden: 6

DeConcini: 10

Heflin: 4

Simon: 23

Levin: 4

 

Bork QFRs: TOTAL = 15

Biden: 4

Weicker: 1

Leahy: 1

Byrd: 7

Simon: 1

Metzenbaum: 1

 

Rehnquist (Chief Justice Nomination + Original Nomination) QFRs: TOTAL = 44

Levin: 8 (Chief Justice Hearing)

Bayh, Hart, Kennedy (joint questions): 36

 

Scalia QFRs: TOTAL = 3

Levin: 3

 

O’Connor QFRs: TOTAL = 8

Humphrey: 8

 

Stevens QFRs: TOTAL =5

McClellan: 5

 

Powell QFRs: TOTAL = 0

No QFRs

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