New documents have been released from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's time on the Kenneth Starr team investigating Bill Clinton that reveal his resistance to issuing an indictment of a sitting president.
Schumer said on Friday that Republicans were only planning to release a small portion of documents that would be "cherry-picked by a Republican operative" now working for the former president Bush. "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. Democrats have warned that Kavanaugh may be unwilling to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible coordination between President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation.More news: Erdogan says US set deadline for pastor's release
But Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, who has promised to fight Kavanaugh's nomination, said in a statement that Republicans were in a "mad rush" to hold hearings after deciding to block almost all of Kavanaugh's records from public release. After the questioning, there will be testimony from close associates of Kavanaugh as well as legal experts and the American Bar Association.
Grassley said he expects Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing will last three to four days, with opening statements by committee members set to begin September 4. Democrats now argue that Republicans are now trying to hurry a confirmation process shortly before the 2018 midterm elections.
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.More news: Palm-branded 3.3-inch smartphone in the works
"Democrats have already announced that they oppose him, so this claim that they need more time or more documents is nothing more than a show, a fishing expedition designed to obstruct and create gridlock", she said.
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, released a statement on Friday calling Kavanaugh "exceptionally well-qualified" and "a fair arbiter of the law".
The Senate panel on Thursday released about 5,700 pages of records on Kavanaugh's work as a White House lawyer during the George W. Bush administration.More news: Everton set to land Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma before transfer deadline window
The Kavanaugh confirmation process is moving ahead with hearings now scheduled for next month. She can continue to obfuscate and seek justifications for a confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh under the guise of "respect for precedent" (forgetting that Plessy v. Ferguson and other egregious unjust Supreme Court decisions were once "precedent") or she can choose her place in history and refuse to vote to confirm. It is the first records from the National Archives released as part of the confirmation process.
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