Two groups working to hand over hundreds of thousands of documents tied to Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh are at bitter odds over the procedure and pace of the task, The Hill reported.
The National Archives is criticizing plans by President George W. Bush’s legal team to provide documents directly to the Senate Judiciary Committee as “something that has never happened before,” according to The Hill.
“This effort by former President Bush does not represent the National Archives or the George W. Bush Presidential Library,” the Archives said in a statement, The Hill reported.
“The Senate Judiciary Committee is publicly releasing some of these documents on its website, which also do not represent the National Archives.”
The rebuke comes days after the Bush legal team began handing over documents to the Senate panel ahead of the Archives, which vets which material gets handed over and which can be made public.
In an Aug. 8 letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the Bush legal team — represented by former Bush aide William Burck — cited “constraints” with the National Archives as its reason for releasing the documents on its own, The Hill reported.
Democrats and outside groups have bristled at the decision, arguing it allows a GOP operative, who has previously worked with Kavanaugh, to cherrypick documents.
Republicans counter the Bush team’s review will allow them to get documents from Kavanaugh’s work as a White House lawyer faster.
The National Archives, conducting its on review, has warned Grassley the request would total more than 900,000 pages and would not be able to be fulfilled until late October, which would run up against the GOP timeline for confirming Kavanaugh.
Republicans want Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court before the next term starts in October and have scheduled a Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination to begin Sept. 4.
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