National Archives rebuffs Dems request for Kavanaugh documents

Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in as a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by Supreme Cour

Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in as a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by Supreme Cour

Republicans are calling Democrats' request for more documents a delay tactic, but the letter from the National Archives shows that Kavanaugh's confirmation may be delayed even without Democratic action.

Noting the Bush Library "will produce to us over 125,000 pages today", Foy said "I expect the committee will be able to undertake its thorough review process along the same timeline set in previous Supreme Court confirmations".

Democrats say the documents they are requesting, including the staff secretary papers, are crucial to understanding all aspects Kavanaugh's background, particular his role in forming policy under Bush.

Before President Trump selected his nominee, Majority Leader McConnell Senate Majority Leader reportedly warned the White House that Kavanaugh's massive "paper trail" would slow down his confirmation process. Those documents now need to be reviewed by relevant stakeholders before being submitted to the committee, he said. "I think they will have a good sense of what is out there on Kavanaugh".

"It's just wonderful to me that they make such a farce out of this", Hatch, R-Utah, said at news conference with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, including Sen. They said Grassley's initial request was sufficient and that senators would have hundreds of thousands of records to review on the nomination even without the staff secretary documents. "To be clear, President Bush has offered this as a courtesy to the Committee to assist in a timely assessment of Judge Kavanaugh's nomination".

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The rebuff from the National Archives comes as the fight over work from Kavanaugh's time in the George W. Bush White House has emerged as a lightning rod in the Supreme Court fight. "What more do they need to know to vote no?"

However, it should be possible to get the documents to Senators much more quickly than the Archives review process permits. That is far more than than the 60,000 pages the Archives identified from the White House counsel's office, and the 170,000 emails he either received or sent or was copied on. "Kavanaugh before the midterm elections", and that "the George W. Bush Presidential Library is lending its resources to processing Kavanaugh records in a bid to help expedite the release of the records Grassley and his fellow Republicans have requested".

"We all understand what's going on here", Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, told CNN. "When the hearing is over I will want to call him". The signing statement suggested that Bush could circumvent the law.

"Your unduly restrictive reading of the law results in one political party having complete control over what records the Senate will be able to see", she wrote, adding that "a biased denial of document requests to one half of the Committee is unsupported by the law".

Democrats have branded the 53-year-old nominee, who would replace retired justice Anthony Kennedy, as a deeply conservative jurist who would shift the court rightward, jeopardising critical rulings on the constitutionality of abortion rights and the legality of Barack Obama's health care reforms.

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