Dems angered by GOP plan to hold judicial hearings in October

Democrats and liberal groups are fuming over a GOP plan to hold Senate hearings for President Trump’s judicial picks over the next two weeks while senators are out of town campaigning for the midterm elections.

Judiciary Committee Democrats sent a letter Monday to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the panel’s chairman, criticizing the hearings and noting that Democrats were not even consulted about their scheduling.

“The committee has never before held nominations hearings while the Senate is in recess before an election,” the letter stated. “The handful of nominations hearings that have been held during a recess have been with the minority’s consent, which is not the case here — in fact, we were not even consulted.”