Latest Confirmation hearings News

Kavanaugh avoids controversy in first major appearance

Nov. 14, 2019 11:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Brett Kavanaugh called himself grateful and optimistic Thursday, avoiding controversy in his first major public appearance since his stormy Supreme Court confirmation a year ago. The 54-year-old Kavanaugh chose a friendly audience for his remarks, a dinner of more than 2,000...

Senate confirms White House lawyer as appeals court judge

Nov. 14, 2019 3:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House lawyer won Senate confirmation as a federal appeals court judge Thursday despite complaints by lawmakers from both parties about his record on immigration, race, women's equality and LGBTQ rights. Steven Menashi, an associate White House counsel, was confirmed by a 51-41...

‘Bits and pieces’: Americans view impeachment on their terms

Nov. 13, 2019 10:17 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Cattle rancher Jeffery Gatzke in South Dakota was listening in as he worked on his tractor in his workshop. The first public hearing on impeaching President Donald Trump is a political show, he thinks, but one he wanted to tune into. Nadxely Sanchez, 18, watched on her phone,...

Corrections official says mass commutation worth considering

Nov. 6, 2019 1:51 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The acting secretary of the Kansas Department of Corrections said a mass commutation of offenders was worth considering during his confirmation hearing. The Wichita Eagle reports that Jeff Zmuda was asked to comment Tuesday on what happened one day earlier, when more than 450 inmates...

Trump pick for Russia envoy grilled by senators on Ukraine

Oct. 30, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The No. 2 official at the State Department faced off Wednesday with senators demanding to know why he didn't know more about the Trump administration's backchannel diplomacy with Ukraine and the dismissal of the former U.S. ambassador to Kyiv, issues now at the heart of the impeachment...

Envoy for North Korea expected to get No. 2 State Dept. job

Oct. 28, 2019 6:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. special envoy for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, is expected to be nominated as early as this week to be second-in-command at the State Department, officials said Monday. Two Trump administration officials and a congressional aide familiar with the selection process said the White...

Golf buddies no more? Trump, Graham swing apart over Syria

Oct. 16, 2019 10:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The golf-and-politics alliance between President Donald Trump and Sen. Lindsey Graham frayed Wednesday over Syria, with the South Carolina Republican threatening to become the White House's "worst nightmare" unless more is done to protect Kurdish fighters against Turkish attacks. Trump,...

Diplomat criticized by White House known for her diligence

Oct. 9, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

To President Donald Trump, the diplomat representing the U.S. in Ukraine was "bad news" — a supposedly rogue ambassador with a political bias against him. But to those who know Marie Yovanovitch — the former envoy to Kyiv who is scheduled to testify before the House this week as Democrats intensify...

EU competition chief: ready to act on digital tax

Oct. 8, 2019 9:12 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager says the bloc should agree on a tax to ensure global digital companies pay "their fair share" in Europe. Vestager, who has been designated to continue her work in the new European commission, said during her confirmation hearing by EU lawmakers...

Incoming top EU diplomat commits to save Iran nuclear deal

Oct. 7, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Spaniard set to become the European Union's point-man in Iran says the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran must be preserved. During a parliamentary confirmation hearing to become the next EU foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell said Monday that "we have to keep this agreement alive in order...