Sen. Orrin Hatch throws colorful terms at Democrats oppose Supreme Court nominee

Minnie Murray
August 4, 2018

Updated 4:13 p.m. | The National Archives and Records Administration said Thursday it will need until the end of October to process documents Senate Republicans requested on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, which could derail plans for a speedy confirmation process where Democrats had already complained they weren't seeing enough information.

Democrats said the letter is an admission that the GOP is engaging in an unusual process to pre-screen documents sent to Capitol Hill, ensuring that even records from his time at the White House Counsel's office will not be publicly disclosed. She indicated she won't make a decision before his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing as part of what she called a "thorough and exhaustive review".

The National Archives indicated that the timeline was not realistic.

The aide said Democrats will use the one-on-one meetings with President TrumpDonald John TrumpEric Trump: Entire family has received "white powder" in the mail Manafort bookkeeper: He approved "every penny" on personal bills Outsider businessman wins Tennessee GOP governor's primary MORE's pick to press him on documents tied to his work in the George W. Bush White House, including his three years as staff secretary, and "question him about their contents". But they don't contain the broader cache of files being sought by Democrats from Kavanaugh's time as Bush's staff secretary.

"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.


The documents could be produced earlier via a separate source: the Bush presidential library, which is conducting its own review. He said he could not reach an agreement with Feinstein over the scope of the documents request.

Senate Democratic leaders have promised to fight Kavanaugh's nomination, which requires Senate confirmation.

Tillis says the Democratic senators most vocal about having the documents released, like Sens. This could potentially thwart Republican hopes for quick confirmation before the November election.

Once Obama announced the nomination, however, Hatch joined the rest of the Republican Party in refusing to hold confirmation hearings for Garland, saying that the nominee should be chosen after the 2016 election, and not by a president who was on his way out of office.

Republicans hope to have Kavanaugh confirmed by the start of the next Supreme Court session, October 1.

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