From NBC's Michelle Perry, NBC's Katelin Schartz, and Alex Beinstein
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) told Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC today that Senate Republicans will not go along with the timing of July 13 for Sotomayor's confirmation hearing.
Grassley said he thinks it's too soon, both for Republicans and Democrats, to go through all of Sotomayor's writings. He said the timing of Sotomayor's hearing can not be compared with John Roberts', because she has been on the bench so much longer than he had been -- and thus has a longer paper trail.
The senator, a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, said he would look into what measures could be taken to delay the hearings.
As it turns out, Sotomayor's scheduled hearing is being held earlier than Roberts' and Samuel Alito's were.
For Roberts, 55 days passed between the day he was nominated (July 19, 2005) and the day his confirmation hearing began (Sept. 12, 2005).
For Alito, 70 days passed between the day he was nominated (Oct. 31, 2005) and the day his confirmation hearing began (Jan. 9, 2006).
For Sotomayor, 48 days will have passed between the date she was nominated (May 26, 2009) and the day her confirmation hearing is supposed to begin (July 13).