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White House Slams Schumer, Feinstein for ‘Disingenuously’ Demanding Kavanaugh Docs

Reviewing requested materials could take until October, National Archives says

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)

The White House slammed Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Judiciary ranking member Dianne Feinstein for “disingenuously” demanding records about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh that are “irrelevant” to his legal views.

“Despite published reports, the White House’s requests for meetings between Judge Kavanaugh and Senators Schumer and Feinstein remain unanswered after over three weeks,” White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement.

Senate Democrats are requesting “millions” of pages of documents from Kavanaugh’s time working in George W. Bush’s White House that have no impact on how he would act as a high court justice, he said.

“In addition to over 300 judicial opinions and over 130,000 pages already provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the administration continues working to provide access to more documents and records pertaining to Judge Kavanaugh’s record than any Supreme Court nominee in U.S. history,” Shah said.

The National Archives this week informed lawmakers that reviewing all the requested materials could take until October. If the Judiciary panel were to delay confirmation hearings until that scrub is complete, it would mean Kavanaugh, if eventually confirmed, would not be seated for the start of the court’s term — and possibly not before the November midterm election when continued GOP control of the Senate could be in question.

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