Schumer: Share 'confidential' Kavanaugh documents with entire Senate
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Health care a top policy message in fall campaigns McConnell says deficits 'not a Republican problem' Medicare for All is disastrous for American seniors and taxpayers MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Monday that he is requesting that documents from Brett Kavanaugh's White House tenure currently marked "committee confidential" be shared with the entire Senate.

"I will ... be submitting a request to the chairman and the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee for access for all senators to all of the Kavanaugh documents in the possession of the committee," Schumer said on Monday.

He added that "withholding documents from the Senate and the American people under the bogus label of committee confidential is a dark development for the Senate."

As the legal team for former President George W. Bush hands over documents on Kavanaugh's work as a White House counsel to the Judiciary Committee, the paperwork is initially marked "committee confidential." The documents are then reviewed to determine which can be released publicly.

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Democrats estimate that roughly one-third of the documents handed over by the Bush legal team to Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyTrump officials ratchet up drug pricing fight Dems angered by GOP plan to hold judicial hearings in October American Bar Association dropping Kavanaugh review MORE (R-Iowa) are still marked "committee confidential," preventing them being released publicly.

"It's outrageous. Now, Chairman Grassley is usually a fair minded man. ... But when it comes to this area, Chairman Grassley's actions are manifestly unfair, not typical of his character. I understand the pressure he is under, but that doesn't forgive the result," Schumer added.

Republicans have dismissed the attacks, arguing that Democrats have focused on Kavanaugh's paperwork because they've struggled to find a policy issue that could sink his nomination.

Grassley called out Schumer in a tweet saying any senator was able to stop by the Judiciary Committee to review the documents.

A spokesman for Grassley also called accepting documents as "committee confidential" an "old hat."

"Now, as in the past, the committee has agreed to accept material at least initially on a committee confidential basis in order to facilitate timely access and review. Doing so ensures that members of the committee have access to records that presidents may otherwise privilege. This procedure is old hat and the Democrats know it," the spokesman added.