Senate Democrats to meet with Kavanaugh amid documents fight

Senate Democrats to meet with Kavanaugh amid documents fight

Thom Tillis, a Republican from North Carolina, said while standing before a stack of dozens of cardboard boxes to showcase what the GOP says is an unprecedented disclosure of records by a Supreme Court nominee.

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.

Any delay could mean that Kavanaugh, if ultimately approved by the Republican-led Senate, could still miss the October 1 start of the Supreme Court's term and that the final confirmation vote could take place close to the November 6 USA congressional elections.

Democrats slammed the decision to press forward with a review of documents they say had been "pre-screened by a political operative and attorney for George W. Bush". Kavanaugh already has the lowest initial net support for confirmation compared with other recent Supreme Court nominees, according to several public opinion polls.

"It seems to me like early September would be the earliest" for hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee, the panel's chairman Chuck Grassley told the Hugh Hewitt Show. Additional coverage comes from Igor Bobic at Huffpost and from Li Zhou at Vox, who reports that "Grassley's recent request centered predominantly on Kavanaugh's time as counsel during the Bush White House and did not even include the trove of documents Democrats have been pressing for from his time as staff secretary". "We don't know what they've held back, or why". Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, that they would not be able to deliver roughly 600,000 of the requested documents until late October, days before the midterms.


However, not all Democrats were beholden to the boycott - Sen.

"In the past, I think 170,00 or 180,000 pages was considered by Sen".

Orrin Hatch criticized the partisan fighting surround the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The aide noted that a separate document review being conducted by a group of Bush lawyers had already given 125,000 documents relating to Kavanaugh's record to the committee on Thursday.

Republicans contend that a staff secretary job is more administrative, rather than substantive, and Democrats are simply engaging in a delay tactic to demand documents related to his time as staff secretary. He previously served as White House staff secretary under Bush, helped his campaign during the controversial Florida recount in the 2000 presidential election and worked for independent counsel Ken Starr during the impeachment scandal that afflicted former President Bill Clinton. "I'm exhausted of the partisanship and frankly we didn't treat their candidates for these positions the way they're treating ours".

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