National Archives to review all Kavanaugh records by October, potentially delaying confirmation

National Archives to review all Kavanaugh records by October, potentially delaying confirmation

The Archives will be able to deliver about 300,000 of the requested docs detailing Kavanaugh's tenure in the George W. Bush administration by August 20.

The National Archives indicated that the timeline was not realistic. 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.

Standing before stacks of boxes that will be filled with documents from Kavanaugh's other jobs - an initial cache is expected later this week - Grassley and other top GOP senators argued there will be ample paperwork to review.

Gary Stern, the Archives' general counsel, told Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) in a letter that the records he has requested could total more than 900,000 pages.

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

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"As Chairman Grassley said this morning, he intends to hold a hearing sometime in September", said the aide. "In the end, the committee will have reviewed significantly more records than ever before for a Supreme Court nominee", Foy said. "I think they will have a good sense of what is out there on Kavanaugh".

"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. He had hoped to have Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing in September. Kavanaugh already has the lowest initial net support for confirmation compared with other recent Supreme Court nominees, according to several public opinion polls.

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. "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". They are particularly interested in whether Kavanaugh authored or edited documents relating to the Bush administration's controversial enhanced interrogation and warrantless wiretapping programs. Committee Republicans have accused Democrats of trying to drag out the process. They said Grassley's initial request was sufficient and that senators would have hundreds of thousands of records to review on the nomination even without the staff secretary documents.

"The committee will receive documents in an even more rapid fashion from the Bush Library as the Archives continues its statutory document review", spokesman Taylor Foy said in a statement.

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