The Trump administration is prepared to provide Senate Democrats with documents for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process, but “we don’t want a taxpayer-funded fishing expedition,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday.
“We want to be as helpful as possible to turn over documents,” Sanders said at the White House briefing. “Several senators said there’s over a million pages of documents to review.”
The National Archives and Records Administration said Thursday that it would not be able to complete its review of nearly 1 million documents regarding Kavanaugh’s time in the George W. Bush White House until October.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said Wednesday that Kavanaugh could be confirmed by Oct. 1, though the timing might be affected by when senators receive the Bush documents.
Democrats have repeatedly attacked Republican efforts to stall the documents’ release, with the GOP slamming it as a ruse because they have already decided to oppose Kavanaugh.
President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh, 53, a federal appeals court judge in Washington, to succeed retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose last day on the court was Tuesday.
Kennedy, 82, was nominated in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan.
“We want a thorough evaluation, but we don’t want a taxpayer-funded fishing expedition,” Sanders told reporters.
“We want to continue to be cooperative — and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.”
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