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 SchumerJewish Democratic congresswoman and veteran blasts Trump's 'disloyalty' comments Schumer says Trump encouraging anti-Semites Saagar Enjeti: Biden's latest blunder; Krystal Ball: Did Schumer blow our chance to beat McConnell? MORE (D-N.Y.) said Thursday that he will meet with President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham: America must 'accept the pain that comes in standing up to China' Weld 'thrilled' more Republicans are challenging Trump New data challenges Trump's economic narrative 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. 


"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 DonnellyLobbying world Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand GOP frets over nightmare scenario for Senate primaries MORE (Ind.), Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinAn ode to Joe Manchin's patriotism on his birthday Trump awards Medal of Freedom to NBA legend Bob Cousy Overnight Energy: Green groups sue Trump over Endangered Species Act changes | Bureau of Land Management retirees fight plan to relocate agency | Wildfires in Amazon rainforest burn at record rate MORE (W.Va.) and Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampPence to push new NAFTA deal in visit to Iowa Al Franken says he 'absolutely' regrets resigning Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand MORE (N.D.) — have acknowledged meeting with Kavanaugh. Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillEx-CIA chief worries campaigns falling short on cybersecurity Ocasio-Cortez blasts NYT editor for suggesting Tlaib, Omar aren't representative of Midwest Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand 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 GrassleyThe road not taken: Another FBI failure involving the Clintons surfaces White House denies exploring payroll tax cut to offset worsening economy Schumer joins Pelosi in opposition to post-Brexit trade deal that risks Northern Ireland accord 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.