Senate Democrats to meet with Kavanaugh amid documents fight

Senate Democrats to meet with Kavanaugh amid documents fight

Senate Democrats to meet with Kavanaugh amid documents fight

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

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.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Democrats also object to the Bush library, rather than nonpartisan archives officials, vetting the documents.

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) is the only other Democrat to say he will meet with Kavanaugh - a meeting that could be inspired by his red-state reelection bid in the 2018 midterms.

Even before Thursday's letter from the National Archives, Republicans blasted the Democratic demands as delay tactics. 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.


"Getting the documents is especially important", said Sen. "We don't know what they've held back, or why". "I think they will have a good sense of what is out there on Kavanaugh".

Although Kavanaugh hasdeveloped a lengthy historyof supporting executive power and trying to protect presidents from criminal investigations and civil lawsuits while they are in office, he arguedduring the Starr phase of his career that a president could be impeached for lying to his staff and misleading the public. 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". "(Patrick) Leahy as historic", continued Tillis. Republicans downplayed the National Archives' announcement, in part because of the separate ongoing Bush review, with a spokesman for Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley signaling the committee still plans to hold confirmation hearings in September.

"If you were to stack up all these pages, it'd be taller than Big Ben, taller than the Statue of Liberty, taller than the US Capitol", Tillis pointed out.

In addition to questioning Kavanaugh on issues like health care and executive authority - two areas Democrats have seized on in the Supreme Court fight - they will ask Kavanaugh to support releasing his files from his work in the Bush administration, according to the aide. "I'm exhausted of the partisanship and frankly we didn't treat their candidates for these positions the way they're treating ours".

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