Did the National Archives Throw a Wrench Into Brett Kavanaugh's Confirmation?

04 August, 2018, 00:49 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in as a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by Supreme Cour

Grassley called it probably the "deepest dive" ever conducted on a Supreme Court nominee. But they don't contain the broader cache of files being sought by Democrats from Kavanaugh's time as Bush's staff secretary. What is clear, however, is that if Republicans do find a pretext for ramming Kavanaugh's confirmation through before the midterm elections, they would likely have to do so with incomplete information about his past.

Senate Republicans want Kavanaugh confirmed by then and seated when the Supreme Court convenes its new session - in early October.

Democrats slammed the decision to press forward with a review of documents they say had been "pre-screened by a political operative and attorney for George W. Bush".

Senate Republicans have yet to schedule a confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh.

The National Archives letter arrived amid a larger fight over how many documents from Kavanaugh's past the committee should review before a confirmation vote.

A delay in the confirmation process would give Democrats more time to hammer Kavanaugh, a conservative jurist they fear could swing the high court to the right for decades and imperil landmark cases like Roe v. Wade.

In a USA Today op-ed Thursday, Hatch wrote that Democrats are trying to "Bork" Kavanaugh. He previously served as White House staff secretary under Bush, helped his campaign during the controversial Florida recount in the 2000 presidential election and worked for independent counsel Ken Starr during the impeachment scandal that afflicted former President Bill Clinton.

Hamilton gives up on German victory after catastrophe
Vettel got out of his Ferrari cockpit, and trudged across the gravel, kicking his right foot at the sand in frustration. He added that "I didn't do much wrong" but his performance was "not enough to finish the race".

The heightened tensions over President Donald Trump's nominee came as the first batch of documents were turned over to the committee from George W. Bush's team Thursday, totaling more than 125,000 pages during Kavanaugh's time serving in Bush's White House counsel's office from 2001-2003.

Manchin said afterward it was a "productive" meeting but added he would like to meet with Kavanaugh again after his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee and ahead of the full Senate debate on the nominee, the Hill reported. "We don't know what they've held back, or why".

As a result of this voluminous documentation, Stern concluded that "we will not be able to complete our review of all of the records that you have requested by August 15".

Orrin Hatch criticized the partisan fighting surround the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Republicans have been hesitant to request those records, however, and have accused Democrats of engaging in stalling tactics. "I think they will have a good sense of what is out there on Kavanaugh".

"I'm exhausted of partisanship and frankly, we didn't treat their candidates for these positions the way they're treating ours", Sen.

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