National Archives denies Schumer request for Kavanaugh docs

Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, right, made a personal appeal to the archivist David Ferriero for the records of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, left, about his time as staff Secretary under George W. Bush.

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The National Archives denied Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s request Friday for the documents relating to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of the time as a Team Secretary under George W. Bush.

The head of the NARA, the archivist, David Ferriero, in a letter to Schumer, says the requirements for certain sensitive documents for Kavanaugh of time, as Bush will need to staff the Secretary of the judiciary Committee office, per long-standing precedent. The Committee is divided on the scope of the documents from this period, the number could be in the hundreds of thousands.

Ferriero said the rejected National Archives and Records Administration to process, similar requests from the Republicans on the Judiciary Committee in connection with the appointment of attorney General Eric Holder and Supreme court justice, Elena Kagan, during the administration of President Barack Obama.

On Thursday, the National archives said it would not be able to verify completely, more than 900,000 pages requested by the Republicans until the end of October. Senate Republicans blasted Democrats, deeming the request for multiple documents as a tactic of delay.

“It’s just amazing to me, you make such a farce,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. He urged the Senate not more “at the bottom of this partisan, picky, stupid”.

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N. C., said that the documents would already searched stack as high as the Capitol dome.


Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said that this is nominated probably the “deepest dive” ever Supreme Court.

The documents currently cover Kavanaugh checked the time in the White house counsel’s office, and his appointment as a judge.

Schumer and sen Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member of the Senate’s Committee on legal Affairs, responded Friday by the request of further documentation in connection to Kavanaugh work as an associate counsel for Independendent Prosecutor Kenneth W. Starr.

Fox News’ Samuel Chamberlain, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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