Published: Sat, August 04, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Senate Democrats to meet with Kavanaugh amid documents fight

Senate Democrats to meet with Kavanaugh amid documents fight

The documents being reviewed by the National Archives do not include papers related to Kavanaugh's three years as staff secretary to the president, which Democrats have demanded.

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

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Democrats also object to the Bush library, rather than nonpartisan archives officials, vetting the documents. But Democrats have criticized that process and the lawyer leading it - former Bush lawyer Bill Burck - as political. But they don't contain the broader cache of files being sought by Democrats from Kavanaugh's time as Bush's staff secretary.

Grassley still plans on a September confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh, even with the letter from the National Archives, committee spokesman Taylor Foy said.

Some Republicans had hoped the proceedings would begin in August - normally a vacation month for the Senate - but Democrats have slowed the process. In an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, David Singh Grewal and others maintain that "t$3 here is no liberal case for Kavanaugh", arguing that "the debate over [his] confirmation [should] focus on the issues, not on the pedigree or manners of a judge who, as a justice, will nearly surely work to undermine decades of settled judicial precedent in a way no liberal should be willing to condone".

While Grassley agreed to request documents pertaining to Kavanaugh's time doing legal work for President George W. Bush, he refused Feinstein's request for documents relating to his time as a staff secretary for Bush. Republicans could hold confirmation hearings before receiving all the documents, but a final vote on Kavanaugh may have to wait. "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 chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Sen. "The Bush Library will produce to us over 125,000 pages today", said the aide.

"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.

Republicans have been hesitant to request those records, however, and have accused Democrats of engaging in stalling tactics. Chris Coons of DE said at a hearing Wednesday that the Senate should receive even more documents than what Grassley had requested. 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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