Schumer to meet with Kavanaugh on Tuesday

Schumer to meet with Kavanaugh on Tuesday
© Greg Nash

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerHouse Judiciary Dems seek answers over Trump's national emergency declaration Mandatory E-Verify: The other border wall Trump says he 'didn't need to' declare emergency but wanted 'faster' action MORE (D-N.Y.) said Thursday that he will meet with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery 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. 

ADVERTISEMENT

"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 DonnellyOvernight Energy: Trump taps ex-oil lobbyist Bernhardt to lead Interior | Bernhardt slams Obama officials for agency's ethics issues | Head of major green group steps down Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary EPA's Wheeler faces grilling over rule rollbacks MORE (Ind.), Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinSenate confirms Trump pick William Barr as new attorney general GOP wants to pit Ocasio-Cortez against Democrats in the Senate Senate poised to confirm Trump’s attorney general pick MORE (W.Va.) and Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampOvernight Energy: Trump taps ex-oil lobbyist Bernhardt to lead Interior | Bernhardt slams Obama officials for agency's ethics issues | Head of major green group steps down Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary On The Money: Shutdown Day 27 | Trump fires back at Pelosi by canceling her foreign travel | Dems blast 'petty' move | Trump also cancels delegation to Davos | House votes to disapprove of Trump lifting Russia sanction MORE (N.D.) — have acknowledged meeting with Kavanaugh. Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillMcCaskill: Lindsey Graham 'has lost his mind' Trey Gowdy joins Fox News as a contributor The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump AG pick Barr grilled at hearing | Judge rules against census citizenship question | McConnell blocks second House bill to reopen government 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 GrassleySenate approves border bill that prevents shutdown Grassley raises voice after McConnell interrupts Senate speech Senate confirms Trump pick William Barr as new attorney general 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.