Feinstein Denied Request For Kavanaugh Docs – Archivist Says He Only Responds To GOP


In early July, Mr. Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court vacancy left behind after Justice Anthony Kennedy made the decision to retire from the bench. Kavanaugh is expected to have a confirmation hearing on September 4, 2018. In anticipation of that hearing, Democrats have requested documents from Kavanaugh’s White House tenure.

However, on Monday, Archivist David Ferriero rejected that request in a letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ferriero wrote:

‘As discussed in my letter to the minority leader, we sought further legal guidance on the issue from the Department of Justice, and the DOJ confirmed our legal interpretation of section 2205(2)(C). My August 2 letter also noted NARA’s longstanding and consistent practice of responding only to requests from committee chairs under this section.

‘Accordingly, I am not in a position to change our understanding of the law or our practice in this particular instance.’

Last week, Feinstein had sent Ferriero a letter asking him to reconsider the Archives decision not to respond to Democrat-only requests for Kavanaugh’s documents. Feinstein wrote:

‘As the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I am alarmed that you would deny Committee Democrats the materials necessary to fulfill their constitutional duty to provide advice and consent, while providing the materials requested by the Republicans. I urge you to reconsider your position.’

Democrats want the Archives to hand over documents from Kavanaugh’s time as staff secretary during former President George W. Bush’s White House tenure. Republicans claim that a legal team for Bush is reviewing the documents and can release them at a faster pace. However, a confirmation vote for Kavanaugh is likely to happen before that is finished happening.

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