"Senate Democrats intend to demand that he call for and support the release of all of his files from his time in the Bush White House", the aide said. Thom Tillis, a Republican from North Carolina, said while standing before a stack of dozens of cardboard boxes to showcase what the GOP says is an unprecedented disclosure of records by a Supreme Court nominee. Additional coverage comes from Igor Bobic at Huffpost and from Li Zhou at Vox, who reports that "Grassley's recent request centered predominantly on Kavanaugh's time as counsel during the Bush White House and did not even include the trove of documents Democrats have been pressing for from his time as staff secretary".
Feinstein's office added on Friday that that while the California senator has said she will meet with Kavanaugh, they had "no details on timing" for when the meeting will take place.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Democrats also object to the Bush library, rather than nonpartisan archives officials, vetting the documents.
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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.
But Republicans have refused to request records from Kavanaugh's time serving in the Bush White House as staff secretary from 2003-2006, saying such documents are irrelevant to his nomination process. "We don't know what they've held back, or why". They are particularly interested in whether Kavanaugh authored or edited documents relating to the Bush administration's controversial enhanced interrogation and warrantless wiretapping programs.
Democrats have branded the 53-year-old nominee, who would replace retired justice Anthony Kennedy, as a deeply conservative jurist who would shift the court rightward, jeopardising critical rulings on the constitutionality of abortion rights and the legality of Barack Obama's health care reforms. "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". That would give Senate Judiciary Committee members enough time to review the documents ahead of a likely hearing in September and allow for a final confirmation vote by the start of the new Supreme Court term on October 1.
"He's got all the legal credentials you'd ever want in a Supreme Court Justice", said Hatch.
Bloomberg via Getty Images Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court, on July 17. "I'm exhausted of partisanship, and frankly, we didn't treat their candidates for these positions the way they're treating ours".