Republicans to press ahead with Kavanaugh confirmation despite National Archives delay

The Washington Times | 8/3/2018 | Staff
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The National Archives says it will take months to process the records Republicans have asked to see from Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s previous government work, throwing a curveball at the GOP, which had hoped to review the documents, hold hearings and confirm him to the Supreme Court before October.

The Archives said it will take at least through October to review 1 million pages that Republicans have requested to see.

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And that doesn’t include the 3 million additional pages Democrats have asked for. If Congress waits for those, it could push the confirmation schedule beyond the November elections and into next year, when Democrats hope to have control of the Senate.

Republican leaders said Thursday that they will plow ahead. They are scheduling a hearing for next month, before all the documents are in, and plan a vote in October at the latest.

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The documents have become the biggest sticking point for President Trump’s nominee to fill the seat of newly retired Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. Democrats say access to the 4 million pages would shed light on Judge Kavanaugh’s philosophy, and Republicans counter that Democrats are scrounging for reasons to derail the nomination.

Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, called it the “great paper chase.” If Democrats were so interested in the material, he said, they could have sought it in 2006 when Judge Kavanaugh went through the same confirmation process to win a seat on a federal appeals court.

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“Why didn’t they even ask for them in 2006?” Mr. Cornyn said. “There will never be enough paper. You will never be able to produce enough to satisfy them.”

Republicans sent a request last week to the National Archives and Records Administration asking for documents from Judge Kavanaugh’s time in the independent counsel’s office in the 1990s and his work in the Bush White House counsel’s office...
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