Sunday, 19 August, 2018

Archives Can't Deliver Reams of Kavanaugh Docs Fast Enough for GOP

National Archives may not finish reviewing Kavanaugh documents before end of October Brett Kavanaugh Hits Hurdle On Road To Supreme Court
Ebony Burgess | 03 August, 2018, 20:10

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.

"Indeed, the Bush Library will produce to us over 125,000 pages today". Democrats had also requested more documents from the National Archives from Kavanaugh's time as staff secretary to Bush.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had foreshadowed these issues.

If Bush asserts a statutory right to privilege over any of these documents, those withheld records will be reviewed by the archives, and if they disagree, they will turn the record over to Congress, according to the committee.

At Politico Magazine, "liberal Democrat and feminist" Supreme Court practitioner Lisa Blatt calls Kavanaugh "the most qualified conservative for the job" and urges Democrats to "quit attacking Kavanaugh-full stop".

"In the end, the committee will have reviewed significantly more records than ever before for a Supreme Court nominee", touted the Judiciary aide.

Sen. Chuck Schumer objects that the Bush records team might withhold documents the Archives would be willing to produce.

"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. They cover Kavanaugh's time in the White House counsel office and his nomination to be a judge.

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"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.

However, it should be possible to get the documents to Senators much more quickly than the Archives review process permits.

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".

Politically, a delay in document production could give red-state Democrats a reason to wait on saying how they would vote on the Trump nominee.

The Archives's stance makes it unlikely that documents from Kavanaugh's time as staff secretary will be handed over to lawmakers unless Republicans agree to request them, something they have been unwilling to do so far.

Hatch said he's "sick and tired" of the partisanship and that Kavanaugh would ultimately be confirmed. The signing statement suggested that Bush could circumvent the law.

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

"For this Supreme Court nominee, it's probably the deepest dive we've had into the background of a Supreme Court justice, at least from the quantity of material available", Grassley told reporters Thursday.

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