The National Archives and Records Administration said Thursday it won't be able to complete its review of almost 1 million documents regarding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's time in the George W. Bush White House until the end of October.
Republicans asked the National Archives and Records Administration last week if it could release thousands of documents relating to Kavanaugh's time in the White House Counsel's Office for Bush by August 15. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, that they would not be able to deliver roughly 600,000 of the requested documents until late October, days before the midterms.
Democrats are requesting that hundreds of thousands of pages of documents from Kavanaugh's time in the White House Counsel Office under President George W. Bush be reviewed before the confirmation goes forward.
National Archives may not finish reviewing Kavanaugh documents before end of October
National Archives General Counsel Gary Stern said in a letter to Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will hold confirmation hearings, that although some records could be produced earlier, a complete review would be completed "by the end of October".
A Republican Judiciary Committee aide said the letter would not alter the timeline Grassley has set forth, however, and that he still expected to hold a confirmation hearing "sometime in September". 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.
Senate Republicans said Thursday by the time they vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, they will have gotten more documents from his past than for the previous five nominees combined.More news: Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown Warns Wildfires Could Hurt State's Economy
In a separate letter dated Thursday and obtained by The Washington Post, Burck says the legal team has already gone through 125,035 pages of Kavanaugh's records and handed those documents over to the Senate Judiciary Committee for its review.
Dozens of protesters filtered into the Senate office building on Wednesday and lined the hallways outside senators' offices in an attempt to stop Republican senators from meeting with Kavanaugh. In private calls to the White House before Kavanaugh was nominated, McConnell stressed that Kavanaugh's significant paper trail could slow down his confirmation process, according to the New York Times.
"It's just fantastic to me that they make such a farce out of this", Hatch, R-Utah, said at news conference with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, including Sen.More news: South Africa's ANC to amend constitution to allow land expropriation
The fight over documents has become the biggest issue in the battle over Judge Kavanaugh, with Democrats insistent that Republicans are trying to whitewash his record by not requesting the files from his time as staff secretary to Mr. They are particularly interested in whether Kavanaugh authored or edited documents relating to the Bush administration's controversial enhanced interrogation and warrantless wiretapping programs. He said he could not reach an agreement with Feinstein over the scope of the documents request.
"I think it's more than enough for the Democrats to make a rational decision about supporting Judge Kavanaugh", Sen.More news: Canadian model Zombie Boy, featured in Lady Gaga video, dies