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

Geneva Stokes
August 4, 2018

But when Grassley sent the request to the Bush archives, he explicitly left out the three years in which Kavanaugh served as staff secretary to Bush, writes the New York Times. "In the end, the committee will have reviewed significantly more records than ever before for a Supreme Court nominee", Foy said. But Democrats have criticized that process and the lawyer leading it - former Bush lawyer Bill Burck - as political.

Republicans asked the National Archives and Records Administration last week if it could release thousands of documents relating to Kavanaugh's time in the White House Counsel's Office for Bush by August 15.

Senate Republicans have yet to schedule a confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh.

Hatch said Kavanaugh is a "choir boy" who has "not offended anybody as far as I can see". Additional coverage comes from Igor Bobic at Huffpost and from Li Zhou at Vox, who reports that "Grassley's recent request centered predominantly on Kavanaugh's time as counsel during the Bush White House and did not even include the trove of documents Democrats have been pressing for from his time as staff secretary". "To be clear, President Bush has offered this as a courtesy to the Committee to assist in a timely assessment of Judge Kavanaugh's nomination".

The documents could be produced earlier via a separate source: the Bush presidential library, which is conducting its own review.

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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. "That's because Senate Republicans plan to rely on the documents provided by the Bush legal team and not wait for the National Archives to complete its review process".

The chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Sen.

Republicans contend that a staff secretary job is more administrative, rather than substantive, and Democrats are simply engaging in a delay tactic to demand documents related to his time as staff secretary.

"Those are documents that presumably our colleagues have looked at, but they haven't found much in it to build a case against the nominee so now they've made a decision to take it down a different path, which I believe is more of a stall tactic than anything else", said Tillis. In particular, Kavanaugh acknowledged playing a role in a 2005 statement Bush signed accompanying a law sponsored by Sen.

The agency, which is tasked with preserving and documenting government records, said Thursday in a letter that it would not be able to comply fully with the request from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) until the "end of October". "When the hearing is over I will want to call him".

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