Brett Kavanaugh Hits Hurdle On Road To Supreme Court

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.

- Raj Shah (@RajShah45)After today's meeting with Judge Kavanaugh, I am confident that the president's nominee has exactly what it takes to defend the Constitution and call balls and strikes from the bench. In response, Bush representative William Burck wrote a letter to Schumer this week saying that the former president has requested a "thorough review" of documents, with representatives from three major law firms vetting the records before they're turned over to Congress. The documents in question are all of those from Kavanaugh's time as an associate White House counsel under George W. Bush. "Roughly a million pages are already in the process of being made available".

The fight over documents has become the biggest issue in the battle over Judge Kavanaugh, with Democrats insistent that Republicans are trying to whitewash his record by not requesting the files from his time as staff secretary to Mr.

Yet in a potential complication for Republican hopes to hold confirmation hearings next month, the National Archives warned Thursday that it would not be able to fulfill the GOP's request for documents until October.

"Getting the documents is especially important", said Sen. "We don't know what they've held back, or why". They said Grassley's initial request was sufficient and that senators would have hundreds of thousands of records to review on the nomination even without the staff secretary documents.

"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.

However, it should be possible to get the documents to Senators much more quickly than the Archives review process permits. Feinstein and Cory Booker (D-NJ), have already said they will not vote for Kavanaugh.

"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. "We're going to see a submission of documents over the next several weeks that will be the equivalent of the documentation that have been submitted in total for the last five Supreme Court nominees".

"It's just unbelievable to me that they make such a farce out of this", Hatch, R-Utah, said at news conference with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, including Sen. "I'm exhausted of the partisanship and frankly we didn't treat their candidates for these positions the way they're treating ours".

  • Tracy Klein