When Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh appears before the Senate panel vetting his nomination tomorrow to begin his weeklong confirmation hearing, President Trump won't be in attendance - but he will be a main focus. President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, officiates at the swearing-in of Judge Britt Grant to take a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta at the U.S. District Courthouse in Washington.
Republicans shot back, saying they offered committee Democrats waivers in order to view the documents and only one - Minnesota Sen. Bush's attorney said the former President told his team to err "on the side of transparency and disclosure, and we believe we have done so".
"The White House, after consultation with the Department of Justice, has directed that we not provide these documents for this reason", it said. They showed a fascinating conversation in March 2002 between Judge Kavanaugh, at the time a White House lawyer, and colleagues about the constitutionality of campaign finance laws as Congress was debating a bill pushed by Sens.
Democratic senators argue that Grassley is refusing to produce documents from Kavanaugh's years serving as staff secretary in the White House from 2003 to 2006.
The documents in question, he wrote, "reflect deliberations and candid advice concerning the selection and nomination of judicial candidates, the confidentiality of which is critical to any president's ability to carry out this core constitutional executive function".
"President Trump's decision to step in at the last moment and hide 100k pages of Judge Kavanaugh's records from the American public is not only unprecedented in the history of SCOTUS noms, it has all the makings of a cover up", Schumer wrote.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, said as long as Judge Kavanaugh doesn't bungle the hearings, he will be confirmed with some Democrats joining Republicans. In a release, the committee pointed out that Grassley had promised to facilitate the release of another set of documents, now available only to members, if senators keep their requests targeted to specific documents.
"I think that you could ask some very interesting questions about these documents that I'm unable to even say, because I'm not able to make them public", Klobuchar said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday.
Republicans said Democrats are reaching for objections.