But Republicans have requested only a portion of the records, leading Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to accuse Republicans of having "cast aside Democratic wishes for openness and transparency". Bush. Instead, the GOP has only requested documents from his time in the White House counsel's office from 2001 to 2003. But they don't contain the broader cache of files being sought by Democrats from Kavanaugh's time as Bush's staff secretary.
The paper chase is emerging as the biggest battle over President Donald Trump's nominee as senators scrutinize the record of the 53-year-old conservative appellate judge whose confirmation could tip the court rightward for a generation to come.
"It's just wonderful 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. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But earlier Thursday, he declined to set a date for beginning confirmation hearings, only saying he hoped to start "sometime in September".
That seems increasingly hard politically, as Democrats are demanding full access to the documents.
Senate Republicans have yet to schedule a confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh.
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In a letter to Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley, the National Archives and Records Administration, said the requested material from Judge Kavanaugh's time working in government would exceed 900,000 pages. They say senators don't need to review an additional 1 million papers on Bush-era policies like the interrogation of terror suspects beyond those already being compiled. According to the Washington Post, President Bush has authorized making the Kavanaugh documents available, and a group of lawyers, led by Bush's presidential records representative, is reviewing them. Feinstein and Cory Booker (D-NJ), have already said they will not vote for Kavanaugh. "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. In particular, Kavanaugh acknowledged playing a role in a 2005 statement Bush signed accompanying a law sponsored by Sen.
The issue has become more pressing as Trump tweets, as he did Wednesday, that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should end special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Democrats have demanded documentation related to Kavanaugh's time in the Bush White House, where he served as a lawyer and then as staff secretary, an important position that controls the flow of documentation to and from the Oval Office.
An irritated Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) called on his Democratic colleagues to stop playing partisan games with what he says is a highly qualified candidate.