National Archives may not finish reviewing Kavanaugh documents before end of October

National Archives may not finish reviewing Kavanaugh documents before end of October

"I really want to thank the Democrats who have stood up for Judge Kavanaugh", Hatch told reporters at a press conference on Thursday.

The Archives will be able to deliver about 300,000 of the requested docs detailing Kavanaugh's tenure in the George W. Bush administration by August 20. But they don't contain the broader cache of files being sought by Democrats from Kavanaugh's time as Bush's staff secretary. Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) have been negotiating for weeks about what documents would be requested but ultimately did not reach a consensus.

"In the end, the committee will have reviewed significantly more records than ever before for a Supreme Court nominee", Mr. Foy said. Republicans downplayed the National Archives' announcement, in part because of the separate ongoing Bush review, with a spokesman for Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley signaling the committee still plans to hold confirmation hearings in September.

"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", Schumer said. Kavanaugh already has the lowest initial net support for confirmation compared with other recent Supreme Court nominees, according to several public opinion polls.

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Once Obama announced the nomination, however, Hatch joined the rest of the Republican Party in refusing to hold confirmation hearings for Garland, saying that the nominee should be chosen after the 2016 election, and not by a president who was on his way out of office. 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. The Bush records review team has already reviewed 125,000 pages and handed them over to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Democrats had also requested more documents from the National Archives from Kavanaugh's time as staff secretary to Bush. They are particularly interested in whether Kavanaugh authored or edited documents relating to the Bush administration's controversial enhanced interrogation and warrantless wiretapping programs. "I'm exhausted of partisanship, and frankly, we didn't treat their candidates for these positions the way they're treating ours".

The documents being compiled are only the initial request from Republicans.

Democrats wrote to the National Archives requesting a broad set of the documents, using a letter with almost the same language that was sent by both parties in 2010 seeking documentation about Obama's nominee Elena Kagan. "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".

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

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