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

Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in as a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by Supreme Cour

The documents being reviewed by the National Archives do not include papers related to Kavanaugh's three years as staff secretary to the president, which Democrats have demanded.

"In the end, the committee will have reviewed significantly more records than ever before for a Supreme Court nominee", touted the Judiciary aide. Gary Stern, the general counsel for the National Archives, wrote Grassley a letter Thursday that said the request could be more than 900,000 pages. "Kavanaugh before the midterm elections", and that "the George W. Bush Presidential Library is lending its resources to processing Kavanaugh records in a bid to help expedite the release of the records Grassley and his fellow Republicans have requested".

As of now, even though the White House counsel documents alone will reportedly take at least until October to be released, Republicans are planning to force the confirmation hearing in September.

Senate Republicans have yet to schedule a confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh.

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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.

The Iowa Republican had said Wednesday that he will hold a confirmation hearing in September with the goal of a floor vote by October 1. He instead speculated that the Archives would be able to meet Grassley's request over a prolonged stretch, writing 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, all of which would then be followed by notification to the PRA representatives". He further complained about what he called "dumbass" partisanship over Kavanaugh's nomination.

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

Archives director informed Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen.

Republicans hold a slim 51-49 Senate majority.

"Those are documents that presumably our colleagues have looked at, but they haven't found much in it to build a case against the nominee so now they've made a decision to take it down a different path, which I believe is more of a stall tactic than anything else", said Tillis.

Grassley had requested the documents to begin rolling production by August 1, to be completed by August 15. Tillis added this when asked about the signing statements on interrogation: "I want to learn about what he has done in the 307 opinions and his writings about his jurisprudence and whether or not he's qualified to be in the role of the Supreme Court".

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