"It's just fantastic 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 National Archives indicated that the timeline was not realistic. The Archives says it will be able to review only about one-third of them by mid-August, the time by which Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Grassley said he wanted to receive the entire load.
The Archives's stance makes it unlikely that documents from Kavanaugh's time as staff secretary will be handed over to lawmakers unless Republicans agree to request them, something they have been unwilling to do so far.
National Archives General Counsel Gary Stern said in a letter to Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will hold confirmation hearings, that although some records could be produced earlier, a complete review would be completed "by the end of October".
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has had enough of the partisan fighting over Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, and his frustration boiled over during a press conference Thursday, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. The aide noted that a separate document review being conducted by a group of Bush lawyers had already given 125,000 documents relating to Kavanaugh's record to the committee on Thursday. Stern wrote regarding records in the George W. Bush Presidential Library, which is part of NARA. Those documents now need to be reviewed by relevant stakeholders before being submitted to the committee, he said.
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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. Thom Tillis, a Republican from North Carolina, said while standing before a stack of dozens of cardboard boxes to showcase what the GOP says is an unprecedented disclosure of records by a Supreme Court nominee.
With the U.S. Supreme Court building in the background, Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh arrives prior to meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 10, 2018. At Politico, Elana Schor and Burgess Everett report that Senate Republicans are nonetheless "pressing ahead on confirming ..."
Any delay could mean that Kavanaugh, if ultimately approved by the Republican-led Senate, could still miss the October 1 start of the Supreme Court's term and that the final confirmation vote could take place close to the November 6 US congressional elections.
Grassley says he will not ask the National Archives to release the documents from Kavanaugh's time as White House staff secretary because they are too sensitive.
The move incensed Democrats, who have accused Republicans of trying to hide damaging information about Kavanaugh. 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. "I'm exhausted of the partisanship and frankly we didn't treat their candidates for these positions the way they're treating ours".