August 1: The National Archives said that they have more than 1.2 million documents from Brett Kavanaugh's time in the White House, including an estimated 1 million documents from his time as Staff Secretary.
Leading Democrats in the Senate immediately questioned Republicans' motives for the timing of the confirmation hearing.
Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the committee's chairman, announced the hearing for President Trump's nominee to replace former Justice Anthony Kennedy will start on September 4 and last three to four days. Questioning will begin the following day.
Kavanaugh once helped write the Starr Report, which outlined broad grounds on which to impeach President Clinton for his role in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
White House spokesman Raj Shah said the Senate has reviewed more documents than for any other high court nominee in history. The Judiciary Committee said they only plan to release 125,000 documents total.
He further touted the nominee as a mainstream judge with a record of "applying the law as it is written". "He's met with dozens of senators who have nothing but positive things to say", Grassley said in a statement. "It's time for the American people to hear directly from Judge Kavanaugh".
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Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director for the Judicial Crisis Network, which has already launched ads in support of Kavanaugh's confirmation, said the Democrats' anger was just their attempt to stall the nomination.
Democrats, led by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, last month.
On Friday, Schumer blasted Grassley's decision to announce a confirmation hearing as a "mad rush" amid the ongoing dispute over Kavanaugh's records. Chuck Grassley. Kavanaugh's appearance will be followed by testimony from legal experts and people who know the judge. The process, he said, has been "open, transparent and fair". "They seem to be more frightened of this nominee's record and history than any we've ever considered".
Grassley's team of counsels and other aides have reviewed 4,800 pages of legal opinions that Kavanaugh wrote, more than 17,000 pages related to Kavanaugh's committee questionnaire, and more than 184,000 pages of the nominee's documents from his tenure working in the George W. Bush White House and for independent counsel Kenneth Starr.
"My colleagues should be a "no" on this nominee unless Judge Kavanaugh specifically commits that he will recuse himself on any issues that involve President Trump's personal financial dealings or the special counsel", said Sen.
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