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Senators request Kavanaugh's work on Clinton probe

Senators request Kavanaugh's work on Clinton probe
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The top senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee are requesting documents tied to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's work in the 1990s probe into then-President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonThe Democratic Donald Trump is coming Emmet Flood steps in as White House counsel following McGahn departure Dershowitz: Obama, Ellison have 'special obligation' to condemn Farrakhan MORE

Sens. 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) and Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinFeinstein would 'absolutely' reopen Kavanaugh investigation if Dems win Senate Feinstein’s Dem challenger: 'It’s time that we stop biding our time and biting our tongue' The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Health care a top policy message in fall campaigns MORE (D-Caif.) sent a letter to the National Archives on Friday requesting Kavanaugh's work on the Kenneth Starr investigation. 

"We ask that you provide documents to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary in connection with President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Guardian slams Trump over comments about assault on reporter Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Watchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US MORE’s nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States," they wrote in the letter to archivist David Ferriero. 

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The senators are requesting documents from Kavanaugh's staff file while working at the Office of Special Counsel, as well as documents he authored, edited or approved. They're also requesting any memos, letters or email sent or received by Kavanaugh. 

Kavanaugh worked in the office, then overseen by Starr, from September 1994 until November 1997. He worked again in the office from April 1998 to December 1998. 

During that time, Kavanaugh worked on Starr's probe into the Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky scandals, including helping draft the report that laid out the case for potentially impeaching Clinton. 

The joint Grassley-Feinstein letter comes amid another escalating fight over documents from Kavanaugh's work for the George W. Bush administration. 

Democrats demanded that the National Archives hand over documents tied to Kavanaugh's work as both a legal counsel and staff secretary in the Bush White House in hopes that such files would shed light on his thinking about issues such as torture and surveillance. 

But the agency rebuffed their request, saying that the power to request documents under the Presidential Records Act lies with a committee's chairman — all of whom are Republicans. 

Republicans have refused to request documents from Kavanaugh's time as staff secretary, arguing it's a delaying tactic by Democrats. Instead, Grassley sent a letter to the National Archives late last week asking only for documents from Kavanaugh's work as a White House lawyer.