Republicans Are Refusing To Share 100,000 Kavanaugh Documents Ahead Of His Confirmation

Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR

"If it were up to me, states would make these decisions ― not the Supreme Court".

With Kavanaugh's hearing set to commence on Tuesday, Democrats view the document block as an attempted "coverup", with Sen.

The records are from Kavanaugh's time working as a lawyer for former President George W. Bush's administration.

When Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh appears before the Senate panel vetting his nomination tomorrow to begin his weeklong confirmation hearing, President Trump won't be in attendance - but he will be a main focus.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley's office countered that significantly more documents of executive branch material have been provided than was the case with past nominees.

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White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah said Schumer's claim was "entirely incorrect," saying the Senate Judiciary Committee requested access to "any non-privileged Presidential record". Republicans have not requested documents from Kavanaugh's time as staff secretary and have only requested papers from when Kavanaugh worked as a White House lawyer. Some presidential records were withheld because they are "protected by constitutional privilege", according to Burck. "The issue now is what are Democrats going to do about it? This kind of brash coverup requires an equally forceful response".

That stance is likely to anger Senate Democrats who want more campaign finance restrictions, arguing that rich donors have gained too much influence in politics through their ability to fund outside groups that run ads influencing elections. But the privilege was never formally asserted. But Reagan ultimately allowed senators to review a smaller batch of Rehnquist documents to break the impasse, according to the Congressional Research Service.

"We're witnessing a Friday night document massacre", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wrote on Twitter on Saturday, a nod to Richard Nixon's 1973 "Saturday Night Massacre" during the Watergate scandal.

In Kavanaugh's case, Republicans are circumventing the normal vetting process for Supreme Court nominees by in order to have him confirmed by October 1, the start of the court's new term. Kavanaugh's records secret, and trying to hide their actions from the American people by doing it on the Friday night of a holiday weekend. What are they trying so desperately to hide?'

Burck noted that so far, the Archives has agreed with the "vast majority" of how Burck's team has categorized Kavanaugh's documents.

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