Hatch said he's "sick and tired" of the partisanship and that Kavanaugh would ultimately be confirmed.
Republicans are calling Democrats' request for more documents a delay tactic, but the letter from the National Archives shows that Kavanaugh's confirmation may be delayed even without Democratic action. But they don't contain the broader cache of files being sought by Democrats from Kavanaugh's time as Bush's staff secretary.
Republicans have protested that the number of documents is more than the number requested for the previous five Supreme Court nominees combined.
Democrats also want the National Archives to release documents relating to Kavanaugh's job as White House staff secretary, a position in which he acted as a gatekeeper for all information that reached Bush's desk. Republicans downplayed the National Archives' announcement, in part because of the separate ongoing Bush review, with a spokesman for Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley signaling the committee still plans to hold confirmation hearings in September. "The Bush Library will produce to us over 125,000 pages today", said the aide.
"Please note that we will not be able to complete our review of all of the records that you have requested by August 15, 2018", Stern wrote to Grassley. They say senators don't need to review an additional 1 million papers on Bush-era policies like the interrogation of terror suspects beyond those already being compiled.
"We estimate that we can complete our review of the textual records and the subset of White House Counsel Office emails "from" Kavanaugh (approximately 49,000 emails)-totaling roughly 300,000 pages - by approximately August 20, 2018, and now expect to be able to complete the remaining 600,000 pages by the end of October 2018", National Archives general counsel Gary Stern wrote in the letter addressed to Grassley. A source involved in the review process told CNN that the law requires the former president to be consulted about which records can be disclosed - and said the Bush team is working with law firms to turn over the documents simply so the Senate can get them expeditiously.
Nonetheless, the Archives' timeline throws more political obstacles into the confirmation process for President Trump's pick to replace Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. Bush. Instead, the GOP has only requested documents from his time in the White House counsel's office from 2001 to 2003. In private calls to the White House before Kavanaugh was nominated, McConnell stressed that Kavanaugh's significant paper trail could slow down his confirmation process, according to the New York Times.
"If we can get this all done by October 1 when the Supreme Court starts its new fall session it would be ideal, but I think we can get it done soon after that, if we don't get it done by October 1", Grassley said.