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Schumer to meet with Kavanaugh on Tuesday

Schumer to meet with Kavanaugh on Tuesday
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerCapitol insurrection fallout: A PATRIOT Act 2.0? Schumer calls for DOJ watchdog to probe alleged Trump effort to oust acting AG Student loan forgiveness would be windfall for dentists, doctors and lawyers MORE (D-N.Y.) said Thursday that he will meet with President TrumpDonald TrumpNYT: Rep. Perry played role in alleged Trump plan to oust acting AG Arizona GOP censures top state Republicans McCain, Flake and Ducey Biden and UK prime minister discuss NATO, multilateralism during call MORE's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, on Tuesday. 

"I am going to meet with him next week and I'll ask him about these documents and what he intends to do about it," Schumer told reporters. 

Schumer added that he won't let Kavanaugh "duck" questions about documents from his time in the George W. Bush White House. 

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"He can't duck it. ...He should have said already that he wants them released if he's an open, fair, wonderful man, Supreme Court justice that he's trying to portray himself to be," Schumer said. 

An aide specified that Schumer will meet with Kavanaugh — Trump's second potential Supreme Court appointee — on Tuesday.

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The meetings come after Democrats initially held off meeting with Kavanaugh amid efforts to get a deal with Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyOn The Money: Treasury announces efforts to help people get stimulus payments | Senate panel unanimously advances Yellen nomination for Treasury | Judge sets ground rules for release of Trump taxes Senate panel unanimously advances Yellen nomination for Treasury Finance Committee vote on Yellen nomination scheduled for Friday MORE (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, on requesting Kavanaugh's documents. 

But Grassley bypassed Democrats and sent his own request on behalf of the committee, asking only for Kavanaugh's records from his time as a White House lawyer. 

Democrats also want records from Kavanaugh's three-year period as a staff secretary, arguing that they could shed light on his stance on issues like torture or surveillance. 

But a Senate Democratic aide said earlier this month that Democrats would begin meeting with Kavanaugh and use the sit-downs to press the nominee on releasing documents from his time in the Bush White House. 

"Senate Democrats intend to demand that he call for and support the release of all of his files from his time in the Bush White House," the aide said.