supreme-court

Kavanaugh Feared Looking ‘Silly’ on Flip-Flop on Presidential Records
Documents show Supreme Court nominee fretted about position switch while working in White House

Aides attend a news conference with Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman in Dirksen Building on August 2, 2018, with boxes representing roughly 1 million pages of documents to be submitted to the committee on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Long before the current Senate fight over access to presidential records as part of his Supreme Court nomination, Brett Kavanaugh sent an email to his co-workers in the White House counsel’s office about a soon-to-be-published article on access to presidential records that “makes me look very silly.”

Kavanaugh let the office know that Washington Post columnist Al Kamen planned to write a blurb to highlight how he had switched legal positions — now that he was a lawyer in the George W. Bush administration — when it comes to how much power former presidents and their families had to block the release of presidential records.

Kavanaugh Hearing Date Set for September 4 in Senate
Republicans want a floor vote on Trump’s pick by the midterms

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh meets with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, last month. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated at 4:19 p.m. | The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a three- or four- day confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh starting Sept. 4, Chairman Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, announced on Friday.

That means the marathon hearing will begin the Tuesday after Labor Day.

Feinstein Fighting Back at National Archives Over Kavanaugh Document Trove
Democrats want to see information about Kavanaugh’s time working for Bush

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., wrote in a letter that she is “alarmed.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne Feinstein isn’t happy with the National Archives.

The office is withholding documents related to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh from Democrats on the panel.

McCaskill: Supreme Court Vote ‘Not a Political Winner’
McCaskill’s opponent is expected to make the Supreme Court vacancy an issue in the race

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., is one of the most vulnerable incumbents. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The current Supreme Court vacancy is expected to be a central topic in the Missouri Senate race — at least if the GOP nominee has anything to say about it.

Attorney General Josh Hawley, who won the GOP primary as expected Tuesday, has already been using the high court vacancy to make his case against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. But McCaskill said Wednesday that some Missourians will be upset no matter how she votes on President Donald Trump’s nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

Jones Wants Meeting With Kavanaugh After Hearing
Alabama Democrat criticizes money being spent to influence his vote

Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., speaks on a panel at the Center for American Progress’ ‘Ideas’ conference May 15. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Doug Jones said he hopes to meet with Judge Brett Kavanaugh after his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

In an interview with 106.5’s Midday Mobile talk show on Friday, Jones criticized the amount of money being spent trying to influence his vote, according to Yellowhammer News.

In Pennsylvania, Trump Rips Casey as ‘Sleeping Bob’
GOP Senate nominee Barletta tells crowd Democrat will ‘take away your tax cuts’

Pennsylvania Democratic Sen. Bob Casey, right, talks with the state’s junior senator, Republican Patrick J. Toomey, in the Senate subway in July 2016. President Donald Trump visited the state Thursday night to campaign against Casey. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Looking to boost Republican Rep. Lou Barletta in his Pennsylvania Senate bid, President Donald Trump dismissed the Democratic incumbent Bob Casey at a rally Thursday as “Sleeping Bob,” calling him “overrated” and too controlled by his party’s leaders.

Trump called Barletta onstage near the start of the rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, calling him a “very special man” who has “been with me.”

Archives Can’t Deliver Reams of Kavanaugh Docs Fast Enough for GOP
Request could top 900,000 pages, lawyer for National Archives and Records Administration says

Senate Republicans stand in front of stacks of boxes at a news conference Thursday in the Dirksen Building to drive home how many pages of documents they’re seeking on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. From left, Sens. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Mike Lee, R-Utah. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 4:13 p.m. | The National Archives and Records Administration said Thursday it will need until the end of October to process documents Senate Republicans requested on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, which could derail plans for a speedy confirmation process where Democrats had already complained they weren’t seeing enough information.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley, in a July 27 letter, had asked to get records by Aug. 15 from the George W. Bush Presidential Library about Kavanaugh’s work in the White House counsel’s office. 

Brett Kavanaugh September Judiciary Committee Hearing in the Works
Judiciary chairman outlines September hearing and October vote

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh could get a hearing next month, according to Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sometime in September with the goal of a floor vote by Oct. 1, Chairman Charles E. Grassley said Wednesday.

Grassley laid out the timeline for the Supreme Court confirmation process during an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt, saying “the earlier the better,” but noting the Senate still doesn’t have key documents from Kavanaugh’s past.

Brett Kavanaugh Meets With Joe Manchin, First Democrat to Sit Down With Him
Forgoing a photo op, West Virginia senator does not tip hand about how he will vote

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh met with senators on Monday, including the first Democrat since his nomination earlier this month. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh met for the first time since being tapped for the high court with a Democratic senator on Monday, but to little fanfare or opportunity for the press to take note. 

About two hours after walking in, Kavanaugh left the office of West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin III. But this time would not be like the last time he met with a nominee of President Donald Trump’s for the Supreme Court.

Trump Will ‘Meet With Anybody.’ But Not Mueller — Yet
Press conference did not include a question about Russia probe

President Donald Trump walks to Marine One at the White House on Friday on his way to Joint Base Andrews and then his New Jersey golf resort. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

ANALYSIS — President Donald Trump took questions from reporters Monday for the first time in several days, but key matters — including some that lawmakers must quickly sort out — went unresolved. And he issued a blanket vow he just might regret.

The president used part of his joint press conference with fellow-populist Giuseppe Conte, Italy’s prime minister, to send members of Congress a signal that his government shutdown threat isn’t an all-or-nothing warning to ensure his immigration and border security demands are completely met.