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National Archives Says Kavanaugh Doc Request Could Go On Through October

National Archives Says Kavanaugh Doc Request Could Go On Through October

The National Archives said Thursday it would not be able to review all of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh's records until October, signaling a potential delay in his confirmation process.

Schumer added: "This unprecedented process appears to be designed intentionally by Republicans to deny the Senate and the American people the information they need to evaluate this critically important nomination".

Democrats said the letter is an admission that the GOP is engaging in an unusual process to pre-screen documents sent to Capitol Hill, ensuring that even records from his time at the White House Counsel's office will not be publicly disclosed.

"As I've continued to say, one of the most important jobs of any US senator is to fully vet any nominee to serve on the Supreme Court, the highest court in our land", Heitkamp said in a statement.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Democrats also object to the Bush library, rather than nonpartisan archives officials, vetting the documents. Grassley did not request any additional documents pertaining to Kavanaugh's time as Bush's staff secretary.

The National Archives told the committee that while it can't complete its review of approximately 900,000 pages of documents related to Kavanaugh until late October, it can review some 300,000 pages of "textual records" from 49,000 emails from Kavanaugh while he served in the White House Counsel Office by August 20.

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A Republican Judiciary Committee aide said the letter would not alter the timeline Grassley has set forth, however, and that he still expected to hold a confirmation hearing "sometime in September".

The scope of documents requested by Republicans does not touch on an even bigger group of documents from Kavanaugh's three years as Bush's staff secretary. Stern wrote regarding records in the George W. Bush Presidential Library, which is part of NARA. 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. Democrats are demanding those papers, but Republicans say they are out of bounds.

In a separate letter dated Thursday and obtained by The Washington Post, Burck says the legal team has already gone through 125,035 pages of Kavanaugh's records and handed those documents over to the Senate Judiciary Committee for its review.

Senate Republicans said Thursday by the time they vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, they will have gotten more documents from his past than for the previous five nominees combined.

Democrats want to know Kavanaugh's views on Bush's signing statements on legislation and other issues. John McCain, a Republican from Arizona, to prohibit harsh interrogation tactics. "And that's exactly what I plan to do, just as I have for other Supreme Court nominees, including Justice Gorsuch".


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