He previously served as White House staff secretary under Bush, helped his campaign during the controversial Florida recount in the 2000 presidential election and worked for independent counsel Ken Starr during the impeachment scandal that afflicted former President Bill Clinton. "In the end, the committee will have reviewed significantly more records than ever before for a Supreme Court nominee".
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Democrats also object to the Bush library, rather than nonpartisan archives officials, vetting the documents.
Brett Kavanaugh Hits Hurdle On Road To Supreme Court
"We estimate 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", National Archives general counsel Gary Stern wrote in the letter addressed to Grassley.
Grassley, in a July 27 letter, had asked to get records by August 15 from the George W. Bush Presidential Library about Kavanaugh's work in the White House counsel's office. Kavanaugh already has the lowest initial net support for confirmation compared with other recent Supreme Court nominees, according to several public opinion polls. 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".
Republicans say Democrats are seeking to review what could be as many as 900,000 pages on Kavanaugh from his tenure in the George W. Bush administration as an associate White House counsel as a stall tactic. Republicans could hold confirmation hearings before receiving all the documents, but a final vote on Kavanaugh may have to wait.
Manchin said afterward it was a "productive" meeting but added he would like to meet with Kavanaugh again after his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee and ahead of the full Senate debate on the nominee, the Hill reported.
"Indeed, the Bush Library will produce to us over 125,000 pages today".
Republicans hold a slim 51-49 Senate majority. "There never really is going to be enough documents to satisfy them so I think he had to just make a call on what would be a fair line to draw and that's what he did". The signing statement suggested that Bush could circumvent the law. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, that they would not be able to deliver roughly 600,000 of the requested documents until late October, days before the midterms.