'Dumba**': Orrin Hatch Sounds Off on Democrats' Kavanaugh Obstruction

Arturo Kim
August 4, 2018

Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee said Thursday that they'll move forward with the confirmation process for Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's pick to the Supreme Court, even if they will not have time to review documents pertaining to his work in the George W. Bush administration. "As a result, I expect the committee will be able to undertake its thorough review process along the same timeline set in previous Supreme Court confirmations", Foy wrote in an email.

"Senate Democrats intend to demand that he call for and support the release of all of his files from his time in the Bush White House", the aide said. "In the end, the committee will have reviewed significantly more records than ever before for a Supreme Court nominee". "If these documents coming from the archives and from George W. Bush's presidential library and other things get up here soon", the sooner the hearing can start, he said. 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". "And that's exactly what I plan to do, just as I have for other Supreme Court nominees, including Justice Gorsuch". "Roughly a million pages are already in the process of being made available".

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. "What more do they need to know to vote no?" Joe Manchin (D-WV) has already met with Kavanaugh, and Sens. "I think they will have a good sense of what is out there on Kavanaugh".

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Hoeven's office said he'll meet with Kavanaugh Wednesday afternoon. In an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, David Singh Grewal and others maintain that "t$3 here is no liberal case for Kavanaugh", arguing that "the debate over [his] confirmation [should] focus on the issues, not on the pedigree or manners of a judge who, as a justice, will nearly surely work to undermine decades of settled judicial precedent in a way no liberal should be willing to condone". "We're going to see a submission of documents over the next several weeks that will be the equivalent of the documentation that have been submitted in total for the last five Supreme Court nominees".

"It seems to me like early September would be the earliest" for hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee, the panel's chairman Chuck Grassley told the Hugh Hewitt Show. "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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