If Brett Kavanaugh was fit to be on the Supreme Court, Senate Republicans would have no issue releasing his full records.
The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) has joined a coalition of transparency and human rights groups calling for the release of all records relating to President Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh.
The memo, tucked toward the end of almost 10,000 pages released Friday, provides greater insight into Kavanaugh's views on executive power that are expected to feature prominently in his Senate confirmation hearings.
While Democrats have argued that Republicans are rushing the process for the lifetime appointment without proper vetting, Grassley took the opposite position on Friday, adding that at their current pace, "we have plenty of time to review the rest of emails and other records that we will receive from President Bush and the National Archives". "Judge Kavanaugh looks forward to addressing the Judiciary Committee in public hearings for the American people to view", White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement Friday following the announcement.
In 2016, Senate Republicans refused to hold confirmation hearings for President Barack Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland, believing that the Supreme Court vacancy occurred too close to the election. Questioning will begin the following day.
So far, the committee has made public Kavanaugh's 17,000-page questionnaire and his more than 300 court cases as an appellate judge.
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August 2: Sen. Grassley and Senate Republicans said they are still planning to move forward with Kavanaugh's hearings, even without the vast majority of Kavanaugh's documents. And just because it's an election year, it does not mean that Judge Kavanaugh can not - or should not - be confirmed.
The top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, Sen.
The Judicial Crisis Network (JCN) released a statement on Friday regarding Kavanaugh's nomination to the high court, which has been met with stiff resistance from the left.
He has met privately with nearly all the Republican senators and one Democrat as supporters try to build momentum for confirmation.
Democrats are seeking documents from Kavanaugh's service from 2001 to 2003 as a White House lawyer under Republican former President George W. Bush. The panel has additionally received 174,000 pages from his work for Bush in the White House counsel's office. But Democrats want access to more documents from Kavanaugh's past as a judge and as an official in the George W. Bush administration. He has a record of judicial independence and applying the law as it is written. "Republican efforts to make this the least transparent, most secretive Supreme Court nomination in history continue".