Are Democrats' Tactics to Delay Kavanaugh Nomination Actually Working?


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

Tillis says the Democratic senators most vocal about having the documents released, like Sens.

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. The aide noted that a separate document review being conducted by a group of Bush lawyers had already given 125,000 documents relating to Kavanaugh's record to the committee on Thursday. In an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, David Singh Grewal and others maintain that "t$3 here is no liberal case for Kavanaugh", arguing that "the debate over [his] confirmation [should] focus on the issues, not on the pedigree or manners of a judge who, as a justice, will nearly surely work to undermine decades of settled judicial precedent in a way no liberal should be willing to condone".

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

Democrats already have objected to what they say is a limited scope of documents Grassley and other Republicans on the committee sought from Kavanaugh's background, particularly his work as White House staff secretary in the George W. Bush administration. Sen. "To be clear, President Bush has offered this as a courtesy to the Committee to assist in a timely assessment of Judge Kavanaugh's nomination". A source involved in the review process told CNN that the law requires the former president to be consulted about which records can be disclosed - and said the Bush team is working with law firms to turn over the documents simply so the Senate can get them expeditiously. Grassley did not request any additional documents pertaining to Kavanaugh's time as Bush's staff secretary.

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National Archives General Counsel Gary Stern pointed out that this request far exceeded past document requests for other Supreme Court Justice candidates.

"I have told my caucus that I'm waiting, and I think a lot of them are following me", Schumer told The New York Times last month.

The documents being compiled are only the initial request from Republicans.

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.

But during his 2006 confirmation hearings to serve on a federal appeals court, Kavanaugh acknowledged playing a role in presidential statements that Bush employed with frequency to accompany legislation he signed into law.