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Republicans warn Dems not to discuss confidential material at Kavanaugh hearing

Republicans warn Dems not to discuss confidential material at Kavanaugh hearing
© Greg Nash

Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee urged Democrats on the panel Friday not to discuss confidential materials during the committee's upcoming confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

In a letter to minority members on the panel, committee Republicans with the exception of Chairman Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyGrassley to vote against Tanden nomination Grassley says he'll decide this fall whether to run in 2022 Yellen deputy Adeyemo on track for quick confirmation MORE (R-Iowa) warned Democrats against discussing documents marked "committee confidential" outside of the closed portion of Kavanaugh's hearing.

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Breaching such an arrangement, the Republican senators warned, would only impede the committee's ability to obtain confidential documents from the executive branch in the future.

"We want to emphasize that every Member is free to discuss any document designated Committee Confidential during the closed session of Judge Kavanaugh's hearing," the senators wrote.

"Failing to abide by that limitation would breach the conditions under which this Committee received the documents and would almost certainly destroy this  Committee's ability to ever again obtain the sort of broad access to Executive Branch documents that we have had for this nomination," they added.

Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee are set to begin on Tuesday, despite a letter last week from every Democrat on the committee urging Grassley to delay the hearings.

Democrats pushed for a delay over an admission from President TrumpDonald TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do' Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress MORE's former longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, that the president was involved in a hush money scheme before the 2016 election aimed at buying the silence of two women who claimed they had affairs with Trump in 2006.

"Given the possibility of criminal wrongdoing by the President, doubts that Judge Kavanaugh believes a president can even be investigated, and the unprecedented lack of transparency regarding this nominee’s record, we should not move forward with hearings on September 4th," Democratic senators wrote last Friday.

A number of high-profile witnesses, including former White House counsel John Dean, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanSunday shows - Trump's reemergence, COVID-19 vaccines and variants dominate Portman on Trump's dominance of GOP: Republican Party's policies are 'even more popular' Sunday shows preview: 2024 hopefuls gather at CPAC; House passes coronavirus relief; vaccine effort continues MORE (R-Ohio) are expected to testify at Kavanaugh's hearing.

Kavanaugh was nominated in July to succeed retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. If confirmed, he would become Trump's second nominee to be installed on the Supreme Court, after Justice Neil Gorsuch.