The National Archives is doubling down on its refusal to respond to Democratic requests for documents from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's White House tenure.
The timeline means that a confirmation vote on Kavanaugh is likely before the National Archives is able to fulfill Grassley’s request for documents from Kavanaugh’s time as a White House lawyer.
The agency wrote to Grassley that it wouldn’t be able to complete the request, which it expects will total more than 900,000 pages, until late October. The documents would still need to go through a final review before being turned over to the committee.
But Republicans have pledged to move his nomination anyway, arguing that a legal team for President George W. Bush is reviewing the same documents and will be able to hand over the documents at a faster pace.
The Bush legal team cleared a second tranche of documents — totaling roughly 88,000 pages — from Kavanaugh's time as a White House lawyer for public release on Sunday.