Republicans Want to Vote on Supreme Court Nom Before His Records Are Released

Republicans have scheduled Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings to begin on September 4, well ahead of a timeline that full records on the nominee can be released.

Oh well, how much do we really need to know about a Supreme Court nominee, anyway? After all, all we’re doing is giving him final say over the country’s most contentious issues for the next few decades!

The National Archives has said that it would be able to review the approximately one million pages of documents (including 49,000 emails) it has available on Kavanaugh by the end of October, but Republicans aren’t interested in waiting that long. GOP leaders argue that it’s important to attend to the Supreme Court vacancy in a prompt manner – just two years after stalling about a year on the last available opening.

It’s not that Republicans aren’t willing to release any records – the party has said it is happy to release some for public perusal. However, if conservatives maintain the discretion of choosing which records to release, of course they’ll only offer up the uncontroversial documents that won’t move the needle. Only a full records release would provide a complete, unbiased portrait of Kavanaugh.

One particular point of interest that a records release could add clarity to is Kavanaugh’s time working for George W. Bush. Kavanaugh served as a leading legal advisor to the president at a time when the administration took some unethical steps of torturing detainees and wiretapping people without warrants.

In 2006, he testified to the Senate that he played no part in those decisions, but later sources told the media that he had been involved in discussions. The records from the White House would not only help elucidate whether Kavanaugh justifies torture and is willing to overlook the Constitution on surveillance matters, but also whether he blatantly committed perjury in what he told the Senate. That especially would (or at least should) be disqualifying.

Democrats hit another hurdle on Monday when the National Archives declined to provide documents to Senator Dianne Feinstein, the Democrats’ most senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Policy stipulates that such a request would need to come from a committee chair, and since all chairs are Republicans, conservatives have an easy play of not asking for the release of some critical documents until after the vote. For senators in moderate states, it’ll be a lot easier to justify a vote to confirm Kavanaugh if they did so before any potential dirt comes out, not after.

Truthfully, the Democrats themselves probably don’t need these records to determine whether or not to confirm Kavanaugh. The evidence that’s already been made public is that he’s a gun-loving, anti-choice, anti-LGBTQ, anti-union, anti-environment judge that would certainly stifle the progressive movement. Nevertheless, having the full records out there could force some moderate Republicans to rethink their own support.

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41 comments

Marie W
Marie W1 months ago

Thank You

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Lesa D
Past Member 8 months ago

NO!!!

#26846 petition signed...

thank you Kevin...

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Angela G
Angela G8 months ago

The Ringhand and Collins study noted that Ginsburg expressed many more opinions than Gorsuch, the most recent judge to be confirmed. She responded to eight times as many civil rights questions and her “responsiveness ratio” — which compares the number of firm answers to the number of demurrals — was far higher than Gorsuch’s.

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David F
David F8 months ago

Paul, ever notice R Madcow, the more profound her lies, the more she flails and waves her arms around.

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David F
David F8 months ago

Adele E, you have been relentlessly lied to by Fake News, Ruth Bader Ginsburg refused to reveal almost anything, the Republicans still voted for her.

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Karin Hanson
Karin Hanson8 months ago

The Mango Maggot wants this ugly worm in the Supreme Court and the Repugs will ensure this will happen - no matter what the consequences to all Americans!! WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!

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Paul B
Paul B8 months ago

Adele, no it isn't illegal or wouldn't be subject to anything.

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Adele E Zimmermann
Adele E Zimmermann8 months ago

It would be illegal to vote on any nominee whose record is not fully revealed. His tenure would be subject to revocation.

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Paul B
Paul B8 months ago

Mike,
You can thank your buddy Biden for the Garland incident. He set that precedent (is that better Mr. spelling police). You seem to appreciate precedent so why wouldn't the Senate as well. Besides, I agree with Biden. In an election year and the long term implications of a SC Justice, it should wait for the new President as the voters would then be allowed to take that into consideration when voting. That gives the PEOPLE an opportunity to weigh in... and they did. Elected Trump by a large margin, due to strong consideration of that very appointment.
Get over it!!!
And if Rachel is talking about it, it's likely some far fetched conspiracy theory... that is about all she has these days. Tiny little facts expounded to be some huge deal, just like she claimed Trump was going to pardon all of the Russians involved in Mueller indictments. She was convinced that was going to happen. Her tin foil hat was channeling some very strong cosmic signals... actually pretty typical for her.

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David F
David F8 months ago

Mike Kelly, our Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, wrote that he did not think the Constitution allowed Bill Clinton to be subpoenaed, yet all of the hollow headed liberals are holding that against him. So which is it?

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