Are Democrats' Tactics to Delay Kavanaugh Nomination Actually Working?

Are Democrats' Tactics to Delay Kavanaugh Nomination Actually Working?

Grassley still plans on a September confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh, even with the letter from the National Archives, committee spokesman Taylor Foy said.

"It's just incredible 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.

The agency, which is tasked with preserving and documenting government records, said Thursday in a letter that it would not be able to comply fully with the request from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) until the "end of October".

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.

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

The National Archives told the committee that while it can't complete its review of approximately 900,000 pages of documents related to Kavanaugh until late October, it can review some 300,000 pages of "textual records" from 49,000 emails from Kavanaugh while he served in the White House Counsel Office by August 20.

Bloomberg via Getty Images Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court, on July 17.

Following the news, a GOP Judiciary Committee aide was quick to put out a statement promising the panel would proceed apace with the original confirmation timeline.

"Indeed, the Bush Library will produce to us over 125,000 pages today".

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

Some Democrats say they are concerned that Kavanaugh will not keep President Trump in check. At Politico, Elana Schor and Burgess Everett report that Senate Republicans are nonetheless "pressing ahead on confirming ..."

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.

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.

"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 chose to take it down a different path, which I believe is more of a stall tactic than anything else", said Tillis.

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

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