Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

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 want to really complement the Democrats who have stood up and are willing to stand up for Judge Kavanaugh because they realize we can't keep going down this partisan, picky, stupid, dumbass road that has happened around here for so long", he said.

With the U.S. Supreme Court building in the background, Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh arrives prior to meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 10, 2018.

Mr. Grassley had requested documents and emails sent "to" and "from" Judge Kavanaugh during his time working in the White House Counsel's Office under President George W. Bush, as well as emails where he was merely copied.

"As you know, President Bush is under no obligation to produce records of his administration but has authorized this production to assist" the committee on its consideration of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, Burck wrote to Grassley.

But during his 2006 confirmation hearings to serve on a federal appeals court, Kavanaugh acknowledged playing a role in presidential statements that Bush employed with frequency to accompany legislation he signed into law.

"In the end, the committee will have reviewed significantly more records than ever before for a Supreme Court nominee", Mr. Foy said.

Sen. Chuck Schumer objects that the Bush records team might withhold documents the Archives would be willing to produce.

Grassley had requested the documents to begin rolling production by August 1, to be completed by August 15. "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".

Tillis says the Democratic senators most vocal about having the documents released, like Sens. But earlier Thursday, he declined to set a date for beginning confirmation hearings, only saying he hoped to start "sometime in September".

"Today, the National Archives confirmed our worst fear - that the vast majority of even the small portion of records the American public will see from Brett Kavanaugh's time in the Bush White House will be prescreened by a political operative and attorney for George W. Bush, Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus, and Donald McGahn", Schumer said in a statement Thursday. 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.

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. In private calls to the White House before Kavanaugh was nominated, McConnell stressed that Kavanaugh's significant paper trail could slow down his confirmation process, according to the New York Times.

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