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

Brett Kavanaugh September Judiciary Committee Hearing in the Works

Senate Republicans have yet to schedule a confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh.

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. As the Washington Post reported, Kavanaugh spent two years in the White House counsel's office and three years as staff secretary.

"As I've continued to say, one of the most important jobs of any USA senator is to fully vet any nominee to serve on the Supreme Court, the highest court in our land", Heitkamp said in a statement. Democrats had also requested more documents from the National Archives from Kavanaugh's time as staff secretary to Bush.

"As Chairman Grassley said this morning, he intends to hold a hearing sometime in September", said the aide.

"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. "That's because Senate Republicans plan to rely on the documents provided by the Bush legal team and not wait for the National Archives to complete its review process". 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. They say senators don't need to review an additional 1 million papers on Bush-era policies like the interrogation of terror suspects beyond those already being compiled.

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"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.

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

So far Manchin is the only Democrat who has met with Kavanaugh, with many stating they will outright oppose Kavanaugh because of what they believe could put at risk the abortion-legalizing Roe v. Wade decision and the dismantling of government-run health care, or Obamacare. Bush. Instead, the GOP has only requested documents from his time in the White House counsel's office from 2001 to 2003.

Republicans hope to have Kavanaugh confirmed by the start of the next Supreme Court session, October 1.

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. In private calls to the White House before Kavanaugh was nominated, McConnell stressed that Kavanaugh's significant paper trail could slow down his confirmation process, according to the New York Times. He said he could not reach an agreement with Feinstein over the scope of the documents request.

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