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National Archives may not finish reviewing Kavanaugh documents before end of October

National Archives may not finish reviewing Kavanaugh documents before end of October

But they don't contain the broader cache of files being sought by Democrats from Kavanaugh's time as Bush's staff secretary.

"As I've continued to say, one of the most important jobs of any USA senator is to fully vet any nominee to serve on the Supreme Court, the highest court in our land", Heitkamp said in a statement.

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.

"It seems to me like early September would be the earliest" for hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee, the panel's chairman Chuck Grassley told the Hugh Hewitt Show.

"In the past, I think 170,00 or 180,000 pages was considered by Sen". "That's because Senate Republicans plan to rely on the documents provided by the Bush legal team and not wait for the National Archives to complete its review process". Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) have been negotiating for weeks about what documents would be requested but ultimately did not reach a consensus.




"To help expedite the Committee's access to records, President Bush has expressed his willingness to make available directly to the Committee copies of records that the team of lawyers has reviewed and that he has approved for disclosure", Burck said in the letter to Schumer.

The Archives says it will be able to review only about one-third of them by mid-August, the time by which Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Grassley said he wanted to receive the entire load.

But a committee spokesman said Senate Republicans are still on track for September hearings because senators will be able to obtain the documents more expeditiously through a separate process directly involving the Bush Presidential Library. "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". "Mr. McConnell made clear in multiple phone calls with Mr. Trump and the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, that the lengthy paper trail of another top contender, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, would pose difficulties for his confirmation", The New York Times reported.

But Republicans have requested only a portion of the records, leading Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to accuse Republicans of having "cast aside Democratic wishes for openness and transparency".

Republicans had hoped to confirm Kavanaugh in time for the opening of the Supreme Court's fall term on the first Monday in October. They cover Kavanaugh's time in the White House counsel office and his nomination to be a judge. 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.

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