National Archives Says Kavanaugh Doc Request Could Go On Through October

Lamar Ellis
August 3, 2018

"I'm exhausted of partisanship and frankly, we didn't treat their candidates for these positions the way they're treating ours", Sen.

Grassley laid out the timeline for the Supreme Court confirmation process during an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt, saying "the earlier the better", but noting the Senate still doesn't have key documents from Kavanaugh's past. The documents in question are all of those from Kavanaugh's time as an associate White House counsel under George W. Bush.

"In the end, the committee will have reviewed significantly more records than ever before for a Supreme Court nominee", Mr. Foy said. Still, a spokesperson for Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said he still plans on holding confirmation hearings in September. "I think they will have a good sense of what is out there on Kavanaugh".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had foreshadowed these issues.

Grassley had requested the documents to begin rolling production by August 1, to be completed by August 15.

He also noted that the Democrats have asked for every email from the White House that even mentions Kavanaugh's name during his time working there - a request Grassley calls "unreasonable".

According to the National Archives, there are roughly 560,000 pages of paper records related to Kavanaugh's time as staff secretary and another 475,000 emails either sent or received where Kavanaugh was copied. "What more do they need to know to vote no?"

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Democrats have objected to what they say is a limited scope of documents Grassley and other Republicans on the committee sought from Kavanaugh's background, particularly his work as White House staff secretary in the George W. Bush administration.

Hatch said he's "sick and tired" of the partisanship and that Kavanaugh would ultimately be confirmed.

Asked at a news conference Thursday why the GOP wasn't interested in those records to understand Kavanaugh's role in the contentious 2005 interrogation debate, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, said such requests were aimed at "delaying the confirmation of Kavanaugh".

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) says these requests for additional documents are just a stall tactic, and what really matters are the 300 opinions Kavanaugh has been a part of that are already available.

There are two separate reviews of documents happening simultaneously: One by the Bush team and another by the National Archives. I will support his nomination to the Supreme Court this fall.

But Republicans have requested only a portion of the records, leading Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to accuse Republicans of having "cast aside Democratic wishes for openness and transparency".

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