[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/10/art.sessions.0419.gi.jpg caption="Sen. Jeff Sessions said Monday that Elena Kagan's Supreme Court confirmation hearings could wrap up by early August."]Washington (CNN) – Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the senior Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said Monday that Elena Kagan's Supreme Court confirmation hearings could wrap up by early August, but noted the timing depends on the White House's willingness to work with the GOP.
"The president asked us to try to finish by the August recess," Sessions said in an interview with CNN. "I think that's a good goal and that's achievable. We will do our best to be ready. But if they won't produce documents that should be produced and things get delayed or unexpected developments occur you could need more time. But I would think we should be able to complete it be then."
Sessions also said he doesn't think there is a need for the hearings to begin prior to the July 4 congressional recess.
"We will see when the hearing dates get set, but I don't think they need to get set before the recess," he said. "That will give more time to be prepared and conduct a good hearing."