Brett Kavanaugh Hits Hurdle On Road To Supreme Court

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But they don't contain the broader cache of files being sought by Democrats from Kavanaugh's time as Bush's staff secretary. "There's no chance in hell Mitch McConnell holds this vote after the election".

Tom Williams via Getty Images Republican Senate Judiciary Committee members standing with boxes representing roughly 1 million pages of documents on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. In response, Bush representative William Burck wrote a letter to Schumer this week saying that the former president has requested a "thorough review" of documents, with representatives from three major law firms vetting the records before they're turned over to Congress. "And I would like to see us hopefully break through and change that attitude with regard to Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation".

He also noted that the Democrats have asked for every email from the White House that even mentions Kavanaugh's name during his time working there - a request Grassley calls "unreasonable".

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Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) on Thursday lashed out at Democrats for holding up Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.

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. "Here's the reality. The same people who are asking for the documents oppose Judge Kavanaugh".

Democrats have demanded documentation related to Kavanaugh's time in the Bush White House, where he served as a lawyer and then as staff secretary, an important position that controls the flow of documentation to and from the Oval Office. "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". "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". That would give Senate Judiciary Committee members enough time to review the documents ahead of a likely hearing in September and allow for a final confirmation vote by the start of the new Supreme Court term on October 1. "We don't know what they've held back, or why".

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"Indeed, the Bush Library will produce to us over 125,000 pages today".

The documents being compiled are only the initial request from Republicans. They are particularly interested in whether Kavanaugh authored or edited documents relating to the Bush administration's controversial enhanced interrogation and warrantless wiretapping programs.

As a result of this voluminous documentation, Stern concluded that "we will not be able to complete our review of all of the records that you have requested by August 15".

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