Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh Hits Hurdle On Road To Supreme Court

Raymond Kethledge at his Senate confirmation hearing in 2008 CSPAN Raymond Kethledge at his Senate confirmation hearing in 2008
Leonard Rios | 04 August, 2018, 00:48

"As Chairman Grassley said this morning, he intends to hold a hearing sometime in September", said the aide.

"In the end, the committee will have reviewed significantly more records than ever before for a Supreme Court nominee", touted the Judiciary aide.

Democrats are requesting that hundreds of thousands of pages of documents from Kavanaugh's time in the White House Counsel Office under President George W. Bush be reviewed before the confirmation goes forward.

According to a Friday Washington Post report, now, they'll end the boycott in the hope that the Senators will be more successful in getting the documents they want in a face-to-face meeting with Kavanaugh. "If these documents coming from the archives and from George W. Bush's presidential library and other things get up here soon", the sooner the hearing can start, he said. Democrats had also requested more documents from the National Archives from Kavanaugh's time as staff secretary to Bush.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) on Thursday lashed out at Democrats for holding up Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.

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"I question the sincerity of demands for more documents", said Grassley. "We don't know what they've held back, or why". Joe Manchin (D-WV) has already met with Kavanaugh, and Sens. They are particularly interested in whether Kavanaugh authored or edited documents relating to the Bush administration's controversial enhanced interrogation and warrantless wiretapping programs.

Although Kavanaugh hasdeveloped a lengthy historyof supporting executive power and trying to protect presidents from criminal investigations and civil lawsuits while they are in office, he arguedduring the Starr phase of his career that a president could be impeached for lying to his staff and misleading the public. "Here's the reality. The same people who are asking for the documents oppose Judge Kavanaugh". "We're going to see a submission of documents over the next several weeks that will be the equivalent of the documentation that have been submitted in total for the last five Supreme Court nominees".

"It's just fantastic to me that they make such a farce out of this", Hatch, R-Utah, said at news conference with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, including Sen.

"If you were to stack up all these pages, it'd be taller than Big Ben, taller than the Statue of Liberty, taller than the US Capitol", Tillis pointed out. "I'm exhausted of partisanship, and frankly, we didn't treat their candidates for these positions the way they're treating ours".

The term Bork - recognized in the Oxford American Dictionary since 2002 - refers to what Hatch called the "unprecedented campaign of character assassination" waged against Judge Robert Bork during his 1987 Supreme Court confirmation hearing.

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