As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he expects Kavanaugh to be approved late next week.
With the committee hearing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh behind him, U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley is looking forward to moving his nomination forward and getting him before the full Senate for a vote.
Kavanaugh, Republican President Donald Trump's latest nominee for the Supreme Court, participated in four days of hearings last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which Iowa's senior senator is chairman.
"The hearings went very well," said Grassley, Wednesday during a conference call with reporters. "I think that the people that don't want Kavanaugh to be on the Supreme Court didn't get him off his strong points of being a person to interpret the law and not make the law, and make a decision based on the facts of the case and with nothing else."
Protestors inside the Senate chamber repeatedly interrupted proceedings throughout the hearings, and Democrats worked to pin him down on policy issues such as gun rights, abortion and presidential pardoning power. But given the Republican majority in the Senate, Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court is likely.
Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine have been targeted by progressive groups as potential votes against Kavanaugh because of their pro-choice beliefs on abortion. Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of Indiana, because they represent states that voted for Trump in 2016, also are considered toss-ups that may vote against the majority of their party.
"I think they tried to show that he would invoke personal views or policies," Grassley said of Democrats on the Judiciary Committee, "but I think he made it very clear otherwise. Three-hundred million Americans, if they were watching, saw a person that is going to do what judges should do — judge, and not make interpretations and not make policies."
Grassley said Kavanaugh's nomination would be up for a vote Sept. 20 before the Judiciary Committee. If he passes through the committee, comprised of 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats, Kavanaugh's nomination will go before the full Senate for final approval.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who sets the agenda for votes in the Senate, has said he wants Kavanaugh confirmed in time to join the justices when their new term starts Oct. 1.