National Archives Says Kavanaugh Doc Request Could Go On Through October

National Archives Says Kavanaugh Doc Request Could Go On Through October

National Archives Says Kavanaugh Doc Request Could Go On Through October

It cited the sheer number of documents and emails relating to the D.C. Circuit Court judge's work in the Counsel's Office, which "could be more than 900,000 pages". But they don't contain the broader cache of files being sought by Democrats from Kavanaugh's time as Bush's staff secretary.

"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.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has had enough of the partisan fighting over Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, and his frustration boiled over during a press conference Thursday, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. Still, a spokesperson for Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said he still plans on holding confirmation hearings in September.

"In the end, the committee will have reviewed significantly more records than ever before for a Supreme Court nominee", Mr. Foy said.

"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", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement on Thursday.

In a separate letter dated Thursday and obtained by The Washington Post, Burck says the legal team has already gone through 125,035 pages of Kavanaugh's records and handed those documents over to the Senate Judiciary Committee for its review. But with Senator John McCain battling cancer back home in Arizona, a single Republican defection could sink Kavanaugh if all Democrats stand in opposition.

Before President Trump selected his nominee, Majority Leader McConnell Senate Majority Leader reportedly warned the White House that Kavanaugh's massive "paper trail" would slow down his confirmation process. That is far more than than the 60,000 pages the Archives identified from the White House counsel's office, and the 170,000 emails he either received or sent or was copied on.

Democrats say the documents they are requesting, including the staff secretary papers, are crucial to understanding all aspects Kavanaugh's background, particular his role in forming policy under Bush.

Democrats said the letter is an admission that the GOP is engaging in an unusual process to pre-screen documents sent to Capitol Hill, ensuring that even records from his time at the White House Counsel's office will not be publicly disclosed.

"I think we should receive the entire record from the Bush library", Sen.

He also noted that the Democrats have asked for every email from the White House that even mentions Kavanaugh's name during his time working there - a request Grassley calls "unreasonable".

This article has been updated with comment from the Judiciary Committee.

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