Schumer to meet with Kavanaugh on Tuesday

Schumer to meet with Kavanaugh on Tuesday
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump, GOP regain edge in Kavanaugh battle READ: President Trump’s exclusive interview with Hill.TV The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump slams Sessions in exclusive Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation MORE (D-N.Y.) said Thursday that he will meet with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada 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.

Only three Democrats so far — Sens. Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyThe Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh McCaskill to oppose Kavanaugh nomination The Memo: Kavanaugh firestorm consumes political world MORE (Ind.), Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinThe Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh McCaskill to oppose Kavanaugh nomination The Memo: Kavanaugh firestorm consumes political world MORE (W.Va.) and Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampThe Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh McCaskill to oppose Kavanaugh nomination Election Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls MORE (N.D.) — have acknowledged meeting with Kavanaugh. Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada Google says senators' Gmail accounts targeted by foreign hackers MORE (D-Mo.) is also scheduled to meet with him next week. 

The meetings come after Democrats initially held off meeting with Kavanaugh amid efforts to get a deal with Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyFord lawyer proposes testifying next Thursday Yale Law School dean responds to reports that Kavanaugh hired women with 'certain look' Kavanaugh tells Senate panel: I want a hearing to 'clear my name' 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.