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. 

Archivist David Ferriero wrote in a letter to Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinTrump remarks deepen distrust with intelligence community Trump remarks deepen distrust with intelligence community US women's soccer team reignites equal pay push MORE (Calif.), the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, that it is the agency's policy to only respond to requests from a committee chair, all of whom are Republicans. 
 
"Accordingly, I am not in a position to change our understanding of the law or our practice in this particular instance," said Ferriero, who was appointed by former President Obama.
 
Feinstein sent a letter to Ferriero last week asking him to reconsider the Archives decision not to respond to Democrat-only requests for Kavanaugh's documents. But she faced an uphill fight after Ferriero rebuffed a similar request from Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerElection security bills face GOP buzzsaw Election security bills face GOP buzzsaw US women's soccer team reignites equal pay push MORE (D-N.Y.). 
 
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Ferriero noted to Feinstein that he had consulted with his general counsel as well as the Department of Justice, which had confirmed their interpretation of the Presidential Records Act (PRA) and supported the Archives "longstanding and consistent practice of responding only to requests from committee chairs." 
 
Ferriero's denial of Feinstein comes as Republicans are pressing ahead with Kavanaugh's nomination. 
 
Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOvernight Defense: Pompeo blames Iran for oil tanker attacks | House panel approves 3B defense bill | Trump shares designs for red, white and blue Air Force One On The Money: Pelosi says no debt ceiling hike until deal on spending caps | McConnell pressures White House to strike budget deal | Warren bill would wipe out billions in student debt | Senate passes IRS reform bill On The Money: Pelosi says no debt ceiling hike until deal on spending caps | McConnell pressures White House to strike budget deal | Warren bill would wipe out billions in student debt | Senate passes IRS reform bill MORE (R-Iowa) announced on Friday that the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Kavanaugh's nomination starting on Sept. 4. The hearing, he said, would last three or four days. 
 

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. 

Democrats have fumed over the GOP tactics, arguing Republicans are trying to cherry pick which parts of Kavanaugh's records get released publicly. 
 
They want the National Archives to hand over documents from Kavanaugh's work as a staff secretary for the Bush White House, arguing it would shed light on his legal thinking on controversial issues like torture or surveillance.
 
Republicans have refused to request the paperwork, accusing Democrats of going on a "fishing expedition" that could slow-walk Kavanaugh's nomination. Because Democrats are in the minority, they are powerless to force the Archives to hand over Kavanaugh's staff secretary work.
 
Senate Judiciary Democrats, in a Hail Mary move, filed Freedom of Information Act requests last week for Kavanaugh's paperwork, including documents from the three-year period he was staff secretary.
 
The National Archives is giving the request, spearheaded by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), an expedited review process as it decides what, if any, documents to hand over.