Brett Kavanaugh Hits Hurdle On Road To Supreme Court

Brett Kavanaugh Hits Hurdle On Road To Supreme Court

Chairman Chuck Grassley had asked for Kavanaugh's emails and paper filings from his time as Bush's associate White House counsel, and more documents pertaining to his nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

The scope of documents requested by Republicans does not touch on an even bigger group of documents from Kavanaugh's three years as Bush's staff secretary.

"We estimate that we can complete our review of the textual records and the subset of White House Counsel Office emails "from" Kavanaugh (approximately 49,000 emails)-totaling roughly 300,000 pages - by approximately August 20, 2018, and now expect to be able to complete the remaining 600,000 pages by the end of October 2018", National Archives general counsel Gary Stern wrote in the letter addressed 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.

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Noting the Bush Library "will produce to us over 125,000 pages today", Foy said "I expect the committee will be able to undertake its thorough review process along the same timeline set in previous Supreme Court confirmations". Orrin Hatch (R-UT) to swear on Capitol Hill, but he has had it with his Democratic colleagues' behavior toward President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

"Those are documents that presumably our colleagues have looked at, but they haven't found much in it to build a case against the nominee so now they've chose to take it down a different path, which I believe is more of a stall tactic than anything else", said Tillis.

At Politico Magazine, "liberal Democrat and feminist" Supreme Court practitioner Lisa Blatt calls Kavanaugh "the most qualified conservative for the job" and urges Democrats to "quit attacking Kavanaugh-full stop".

Republicans hold a slim 51-49 Senate majority. At Politico, Elana Schor and Burgess Everett report that Senate Republicans are nonetheless "pressing ahead on confirming ..."

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

Democrats want the National Archives to release documents and emails from Kavanaugh's time as staff secretary, arguing it would shed light on his thinking about issues such as torture and surveillance. They are particularly interested in whether Kavanaugh authored or edited documents relating to the Bush administration's controversial enhanced interrogation and warrantless wiretapping programs. Committee Democrats did not sign on to the letter, and then sent their own request July 31 asking for records for Kavanaugh's work as staff secretary. "I'm exhausted of the partisanship and frankly we didn't treat their candidates for these positions the way they're treating ours". "To be clear, President Bush has offered this as a courtesy to the Committee to assist in a timely assessment of Judge Kavanaugh's nomination".

"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.

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