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

The National Archives said Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE and former President George W. Bush can review a request by congressional Democrats for records of Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughMajority disapprove of Trump Supreme Court nominations, says poll These 3 women are defining the race to unseat Trump On The Money: Supreme Court takes up challenge to CFPB | Warren's surge brings scrutiny to wealth tax | Senators eye curbs on Trump emergency powers 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 NadlerDem committee chairs blast Trump G-7 announcement Top Democrat holds moment of silence for Cummings at hearing Barr to speak at Notre Dame law school on Friday 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.