National Archives may not finish reviewing Kavanaugh documents before end of October


The documents at issue, sought by Trump's fellow Republicans, relate to Kavanaugh's service from 2001 to 2003 as a White House lawyer under Republican former President George W. Bush.

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. "I'm exhausted of partisanship, and frankly, we didn't treat their candidates for these positions the way they're treating ours".

Republicans have protested that the number of documents is more than the number requested for the previous five Supreme Court nominees combined. "Here's the reality. The same people who are asking for the documents oppose Judge Kavanaugh". Schumer asked on the Senate floor on Tuesday. 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.

Apparently there are at least 900,000 such documents that need to be reviewed. Kavanaugh was nominated July 9. Committee Republicans have accused Democrats of trying to drag out the process. "We don't know what they've held back, or why".

Tillis says the Democratic senators most vocal about having the documents released, like Sens.

The GOP statement said the committee was counting on receiving documents "in an even more rapid fashion" from the archives of the George W. Bush Presidential Library.

"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.

Taylor Foy, Mr. Grassley's communications director, said the confirmation hearing is still expected to take place in September.

The documents could be produced earlier via a separate source: the Bush presidential library, which is conducting its own review. 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.

The documents being compiled are only the initial request from Republicans.

Republicans hold a slim 51-49 Senate majority.

"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. The signing statement suggested that Bush could circumvent the law.

"If we could get this all done by October 1 when the Supreme Court starts its new fall session would be ideal".

The term Bork - recognized in the Oxford American Dictionary since 2002 - refers to what Hatch called the "unprecedented campaign of character assassination" waged against Judge Robert Bork during his 1987 Supreme Court confirmation hearing.