Published: Sat, August 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Brett Kavanaugh Hits Hurdle On Road To Supreme Court

Brett Kavanaugh Hits Hurdle On Road To Supreme Court

Republicans have protested that the number of documents is more than the number requested for the previous five Supreme Court nominees combined.

Some Democrats say they are concerned that Kavanaugh will not keep President Trump in check.

There are two separate reviews of documents happening simultaneously: One by the Bush team and another by the National Archives.

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. Chris Coons of DE said at a hearing Wednesday that the Senate should receive even more documents than what Grassley had requested.

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The aide said Democrats will use the one-on-one meetings with President TrumpDonald John TrumpEric Trump: Entire family has received "white powder" in the mail Manafort bookkeeper: He approved "every penny" on personal bills Outsider businessman wins Tennessee GOP governor's primary MORE's pick to press him on documents tied to his work in the George W. Bush White House, including his three years as staff secretary, and "question him about their contents". "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".

"I can't envision a scenario where that vote is delayed", a source close to GOP leadership told Politico.

National Archives General Counsel Gary Stern said in a letter to Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will hold confirmation hearings, that although some records could be produced earlier, a complete review would be completed "by the end of October". According to Stern's letter, it simply would not be realistic for the Archives to compile and submit all of the necessary documentation in such an abbreviated period of time. But they don't contain the broader cache of files being sought by Democrats from Kavanaugh's time as Bush's staff secretary. "And I would like to see us hopefully break through and change that attitude with regard to Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation". "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".

The Iowa Republican had said Wednesday that he will hold a confirmation hearing in September with the goal of a floor vote by October 1. 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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