National Archives: Trump, Bush can review Democrats' request for Kavanaugh records

The National Archives said Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpFacebook releases audit on conservative bias claims Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Recessions happen when presidents overlook key problems MORE and former President George W. Bush can review a request by congressional Democrats for records of Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughThe exhaustion of Democrats' anti-Trump delusions Lewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' Cook Political Report moves Susan Collins Senate race to 'toss up' MORE's time in the White House.

The Archives said it is required by federal law to allow the current and former presidents to review information relating to a nominee's time in the administration before releasing it publicly.


The agency said in a statement to Reuters that it sent a “notification to the incumbent and former presidents so that they can review for constitutionally-based privileges.” The Archives did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill.

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee argue that Kavanaugh's time serving as a lawyer and staff secretary in the Bush administration was insufficiently scrutinized before his Senate confirmation last year.

The battle to confirm Kavanaugh to the high court was marred by contentious Senate hearings after multiple women came forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct, allegations he fiercely denied.

The documents requested by Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerGOP memo deflects some gun questions to 'violence from the left' House Democrats urge Trump to end deportations of Iraqis after diabetic man's death French officials call for investigation of Epstein 'links with France' MORE (D-N.Y.) include records from 2001 to 2003 and 2003 to 2006, according to Reuters, which reported that some documents were unavailable to senators before Kavanaugh's confirmation last year.

Republicans on the committee have blasted Democratic efforts to pursue investigations of Kavanaugh, calling them a smear campaign aimed at a sitting justice.