Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Brett Kavanaugh Hits Hurdle On Road To Supreme Court

Brett Kavanaugh Hits Hurdle On Road To Supreme Court

Grassley's committee communications director Taylor Foy told TPM in an email, asked about NARA's letter, "Because the George W. Bush Presidential Library has agreed to facilitate an open and transparent process, following the Archives' established nonpartisan document review guidelines, the committee will receive documents in an even more rapid fashion from the Bush Library as the Archives continues its statutory document review". According to the Washington Post, President Bush has authorized making the Kavanaugh documents available, and a group of lawyers, led by Bush's presidential records representative, is reviewing them. "In the end, the committee will have reviewed significantly more records than ever before for a Supreme Court nominee", read a statement from Judiciary Committee staff.

The fight over documents has become the biggest issue in the battle over Judge Kavanaugh, with Democrats insistent that Republicans are trying to whitewash his record by not requesting the files from his time as staff secretary to Mr. Still, a spokesperson for Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said he still plans on holding confirmation hearings in September. "I'm exhausted of partisanship, and frankly, we didn't treat their candidates for these positions the way they're treating ours".

Schumer added: "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".

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"P$3 lease note that we will not be able to complete our review of all of the records that you have requested by August 15, 2018", Gary M. Stern, NARA's general counsel, wrote to Grassley.

"And if these documents coming from the archives and from George W. Bush's presidential library and other things get up here soon, then the sooner the better we can have a hearing", Grassley said.

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. "There never really is going to be enough documents to satisfy them so I think he had to just make a call on what would be a fair line to draw and that's what he did". Bush. Instead, the GOP has only requested documents from his time in the White House counsel's office from 2001 to 2003.

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But Republicans have requested only a portion of the records, leading Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to accuse Republicans of having "cast aside Democratic wishes for openness and transparency". "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 signing statement suggested that Bush could circumvent the law.

Republicans had hoped to confirm Kavanaugh in time for the opening of the Supreme Court's fall term on the first Monday in October.

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