Senate Democrats to meet with Kavanaugh amid documents fight

National Archives may not finish reviewing Kavanaugh documents before end of October

"In the end, the committee will have reviewed significantly more records than ever before for a Supreme Court nominee", read a statement from Judiciary Committee staff.

Grassley last week asked Bush's presidential library for the paperwork without the documents from Kavanaugh's staff secretary years.

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.

Hatch spoke favorably about the nominee, calling Kavanaugh a "fine person" and saying Congress should confirm him "if you want a choir boy to be on the court". Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) have been negotiating for weeks about what documents would be requested but ultimately did not reach a consensus. This could potentially thwart Republican hopes for quick confirmation before the November election. 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.

A delay in the confirmation process would give Democrats more time to hammer Kavanaugh, a conservative jurist they fear could swing the high court to the right for decades and imperil landmark cases like Roe v. Wade.

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Meadows said the five-week delay would give the department "one last chance" to deliver. Rosenstein from office is the only option left to Congress".

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. "What more do they need to know to vote no?" Chris Coons of DE said at a hearing Wednesday that the Senate should receive even more documents than what Grassley had requested.

Particularly concerning to Democrats are Kavanaugh's writings on the special counsel law after his experience on Kenneth Starr's team investigating President Bill Clinton.

Bloomberg via Getty Images Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court, on July 17. "The Bush Library will produce to us over 125,000 pages today", said the aide.

The new Democratic strategy comes as most members of the caucus have held off meeting with Kavanaugh as they press for a deal on getting access to documents from his time as staff secretary in the Bush White House. According to Stern's letter, it simply would not be realistic for the Archives to compile and submit all of the necessary documentation in such an abbreviated period of time. "There never really is going to be enough documents to satisfy them so I think he had to just make a call on what would be a fair line to draw and that's what he did". "I'm exhausted of the partisanship and frankly we didn't treat their candidates for these positions the way they're treating ours".

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