National Archives Says Kavanaugh Doc Request Could Go On Through October

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The National Archives said Thursday it will not be able to produce the full cache of documents requested by the Senate on Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh until the end of October, but Republicans indicated they would press ahead with plans to hold confirmation hearings next month.

That may end up being true, but Republicans are clearly keen on avoiding certain parts of Kavanaugh's record. Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen.

According to the National Archives, there are roughly 560,000 pages of paper records related to Kavanaugh's time as staff secretary and another 475,000 emails either sent or received where Kavanaugh was copied.

Grassley had requested the documents to begin rolling production by August 1, to be completed by August 15. The documents in question are all of those from Kavanaugh's time as an associate White House counsel under George W. Bush.

A Republican Judiciary Committee aide said the letter would not alter the timeline Grassley has set forth, however, and that he still expected to hold a confirmation hearing "sometime in September".

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"To help expedite the Committee's access to records, President Bush has expressed his willingness to make available directly to the Committee copies of records that the team of lawyers has reviewed and that he has approved for disclosure", Burck said in the letter to Schumer.

"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", Schumer said.

Hatch's frustration with his friends across the aisle comes after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said they'd fight Kavanaugh with "everything they've got" and other Democrats refused to even offer Kavanaugh a meeting.

Grassley called it probably the "deepest dive" ever conducted on a Supreme Court nominee.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had foreshadowed these issues.

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

Any delay could mean that Kavanaugh, if ultimately approved by the Republican-led Senate, could still miss the October 1 start of the Supreme Court's term and that the final confirmation vote could take place close to the November 6 US congressional elections. But when Grassley sent the request to the Bush archives, he explicitly left out the three years in which Kavanaugh served as staff secretary to Bush, writes the New York Times. They are particularly interested in whether Kavanaugh authored or edited documents relating to the Bush administration's controversial enhanced interrogation and warrantless wiretapping programs.

Hatch and other Republican senators criticized Democrats for their attempts to obstruct the confirmation of Kavanaugh. Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) have been negotiating for weeks about what documents would be requested but ultimately did not reach a consensus.

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

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