National Archives Says Kavanaugh Doc Request Could Go On Through October

April FrancisAug 03, 2018

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.

The documents at issue, sought by Trump's fellow Republicans, relate to Kavanaugh's service from 2001 to 2003 as a White House lawyer under Republican former President George W. Bush.

Grassley had requested the documents to begin rolling production by August 1, to be completed by August 15. "I'm exhausted of partisanship, and frankly, we didn't treat their candidates for these positions the way they're treating ours".

Noting the Bush Library "will produce to us over 125,000 pages today", Foy said "I expect the committee will be able to undertake its thorough review process along the same timeline set in previous Supreme Court confirmations". Republicans could hold confirmation hearings before receiving all the documents, but a final vote on Kavanaugh may have to wait. Bush also has "no objection to making these presidential records available to the public", Burck wrote.

"Those are documents that presumably our colleagues have looked at, but they haven't found much in it to build a case against the nominee so now they've made a decision to take it down a different path, which I believe is more of a stall tactic than anything else", said Tillis. It will take the group about two more weeks to complete the review, the official said.

However, it should be possible to get the documents to Senators much more quickly than the Archives review process permits.

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Republicans hope to have Kavanaugh confirmed by the start of the next Supreme Court session, October 1.

After the Archives combs through all of the estimated 900,000 pages, more vetting would have to occur. This could potentially thwart Republican hopes for quick confirmation before the November election. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.).

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) foreshadowed the escalating document fight over Kavanaugh's record in June, after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement. Kavanaugh was nominated July 9.

"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. Committee Republicans have accused Democrats of trying to drag out the process. The veteran lawyer said in the letter to Schumer that his "representation of other clients in unrelated matters. has no bearing on the advice I provide to President Bush".

Republicans are calling Democrats' request for more documents a delay tactic, but the letter from the National Archives shows that Kavanaugh's confirmation may be delayed even without Democratic action. Democrats are demanding those papers, but Republicans say they are out of bounds.

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