Republicans won't budge on Kavanaugh documents amid Dem accusations of hiding records

Republicans won't budge on Kavanaugh documents amid Dem accusations of hiding records

Additional coverage comes from Igor Bobic at Huffpost and from Li Zhou at Vox, who reports that "Grassley's recent request centered predominantly on Kavanaugh's time as counsel during the Bush White House and did not even include the trove of documents Democrats have been pressing for from his time as staff secretary".

Grassley, in a July 27 letter, had asked to get records by August 15 from the George W. Bush Presidential Library about Kavanaugh's work in the White House counsel's office.

National Archives General Counsel Gary Stern said in a letter to Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will hold confirmation hearings, that although some records could be produced earlier, a complete review would be completed "by the end of October".

There are two separate reviews of documents happening simultaneously: One by the Bush team and another by the National Archives. He said he could not reach an agreement with Feinstein over the scope of the documents request.

"I think it's more than enough for the Democrats to make a rational decision about supporting Judge Kavanaugh", Sen. This could potentially thwart Republican hopes for quick confirmation before the November election.

"This letter confirms what we've been saying: That a group of private-sector lawyers led by a former Bush White House official who still represents President Bush will be pre-screening the vast majority of Kavanaugh's records that Congress and the American people see", Schumer told CNN. "Mr. McConnell made clear in multiple phone calls with Mr. Trump and the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, that the lengthy paper trail of another top contender, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, would pose difficulties for his confirmation", The New York Times reported.

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Senate Republicans want Kavanaugh confirmed by then and seated when the Supreme Court convenes its new session - in early October.

Grassley says he will not ask the National Archives to release the documents from Kavanaugh's time as White House staff secretary because they are too sensitive. They are particularly interested in whether Kavanaugh authored or edited documents relating to the Bush administration's controversial enhanced interrogation and warrantless wiretapping programs.

Republicans contend that a staff secretary job is more administrative, rather than substantive, and Democrats are simply engaging in a delay tactic to demand documents related to his time as staff secretary. The archives can prioritize their review of those records. "I'm exhausted of partisanship, and frankly, we didn't treat their candidates for these positions the way they're treating ours". Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said at a Capitol Hill press conference on Thursday. Kavanaugh was nominated July 9.

The GOP statement said the committee was counting on receiving documents "in an even more rapid fashion" from the archives of the George W. Bush Presidential Library.

This article has been updated with comment from the Judiciary Committee.

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