Senate Dems Will End Boycott, Meet With Kavanaugh To Push Doc Requests

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The documents being reviewed by the National Archives do not include papers related to Kavanaugh's three years as staff secretary to the president, which Democrats have demanded. "In the end, the committee will have reviewed significantly more records than ever before for a Supreme Court nominee", Foy said. "If these documents coming from the archives and from George W. Bush's presidential library and other things get up here soon", the sooner the hearing can start, he said. But Democrats have criticized that process and the lawyer leading it - former Bush lawyer Bill Burck - as political.

"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. Grassley did not request any additional documents pertaining to Kavanaugh's time as Bush's staff secretary.

Grassley still plans on a September confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh, even with the letter from the National Archives, committee spokesman Taylor Foy said.

Amid a tight re-election fight, Heitkamp has faced pressure from conservatives to support Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation just as she did for Trump's first pick, Justice Neil Gorsuch.

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Republicans have so far only agreed to request documents from Kavanaugh's days as White House counsel under George W. Bush; Democrats are pushing for the records relating to his time as Bush's staff secretary as well.

With the U.S. Supreme Court building in the background, Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh arrives prior to meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 10, 2018. According to Stern's letter, it simply would not be realistic for the Archives to compile and submit all of the necessary documentation in such an abbreviated period of time. That would give Senate Judiciary Committee members enough time to review the documents ahead of a likely hearing in September and allow for a final confirmation vote by the start of the new Supreme Court term on October 1. "I think they will have a good sense of what is out there on Kavanaugh". In particular, Kavanaugh acknowledged playing a role in a 2005 statement Bush signed accompanying a law sponsored by Sen.

Grassley had requested the documents to begin rolling production by August 1, to be completed by August 15.

Utah GOP Sen. Mike Lee argued that Kavanaugh's views were just "talking points" and "not the development of policy".

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