National Archives Says Kavanaugh Doc Request Could Go On Through October
National Archives Says Kavanaugh Doc Request Could Go On Through October
Brett Kavanaugh Hits Hurdle On Road To Supreme Court
03 August, 2018, 11:38
Senate Republicans have yet to schedule a confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh.
Standing in front of rows of empty boxes labeled "Kavanaugh files", Hatch and other GOP members of the Senate Judiciary Committee argued that their request to the National Archives would give the Senate more than enough material to adequately evaluate the judge's record in what Grassley called a "fair and thorough process". As the Washington Postreported, Kavanaugh spent two years in the White House counsel's office and three years as staff secretary. The aide noted that a separate document review being conducted by a group of Bush lawyers had already given 125,000 documents relating to Kavanaugh's record to the committee on Thursday.
But Republicans have refused to request records from Kavanaugh's time serving in the Bush White House as staff secretary from 2003-2006, saying such documents are irrelevant to his nomination process. As Chairman Grassley said this morning, he intends to hold a hearing sometime in September.
"I'm exhausted of partisanship and frankly, we didn't treat their candidates for these positions the way they're treating ours", Sen. "That's because Senate Republicans plan to rely on the documents provided by the Bush legal team and not wait for the National Archives to complete its review process".
"Please note that we will not be able to complete our review of all of the records that you have requested by August 15, 2018", Mr. Those documents now need to be reviewed by relevant stakeholders before being submitted to the committee, he said.
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Gary M. Stern, general counsel for the National Archives and Records Administration, said his office will complete the review in October, more than a month after Mr. Grassley's requested deadline. "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".
The documents being compiled are only the initial request from Republicans.
So far Manchin is the only Democrat who has met with Kavanaugh, with many stating they will outright oppose Kavanaugh because of what they believe could put at risk the abortion-legalizing Roe v. Wade decision and the dismantling of government-run health care, or Obamacare.
And even if one is concerned about this possibility, one solution would be to have the Archives folks review any documents the Bush team says should be withheld.
Republicans had hoped to confirm Kavanaugh in time for the opening of the Supreme Court's fall term on the first Monday in October. Tillis added this when asked about the signing statements on interrogation: "I want to learn about what he has done in the 307 opinions and his writings about his jurisprudence and whether or not he's qualified to be in the role of the Supreme Court".
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