National Archives to review all Kavanaugh records by October, potentially delaying confirmation

National Archives to review all Kavanaugh records by October, potentially delaying confirmation

National Archives to review all Kavanaugh records by October, potentially delaying confirmation

The agency, which is tasked with preserving and documenting government records, said Thursday in a letter that it would not be able to comply fully with the request from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) until the "end of October".

"And if these documents coming from the archives and from George W. Bush's presidential library and other things get up here soon, then the sooner the better we can have a hearing", Grassley said.

"I think it's more than enough for the Democrats to make a rational decision about supporting Judge Kavanaugh", Sen.

Grassley laid out the timeline for the Supreme Court confirmation process during an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt, saying "the earlier the better", but noting the Senate still doesn't have key documents from Kavanaugh's past. A person familiar with the process said that parallel review will be completed by mid-August.

But during his 2006 confirmation hearings to serve on a federal appeals court, Kavanaugh acknowledged playing a role in presidential statements that Bush employed with frequency to accompany legislation he signed into law. More than 50 lawyers from three different firms are participating. It will take the group about two more weeks to complete the review, the official said.

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


"If we can get this all done by October 1 when the Supreme Court starts its new fall session it would be ideal, but I think we can get it done soon after that, if we don't get it done by October 1", Grassley said. That is far more than than the 60,000 pages the Archives identified from the White House counsel's office, and the 170,000 emails he either received or sent or was copied on.

"I can't envision a scenario where that vote is delayed", a source close to GOP leadership told Politico. This could potentially thwart Republican hopes for quick confirmation before the November election. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.). 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.

Grassley says he will not ask the National Archives to release the documents from Kavanaugh's time as White House staff secretary because they are too sensitive.

Schumer added: "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". The veteran lawyer said in the letter to Schumer that his "representation of other clients in unrelated matters. has no bearing on the advice I provide to President Bush".

In a letter to Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley, the National Archives and Records Administration, said the requested material from Judge Kavanaugh's time working in government would exceed 900,000 pages.

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