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Judiciary Committee Receives Second Batch of Kavanaugh Documents

WASHINGTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee last night received another production of documents in the course of its consideration of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. This latest production from the Office of President George W. Bush totals more than 49,000 pages of records relating to Judge Kavanaugh’s service in the White House Counsel’s Office. This batch represents the second in a series of rolling productions.
On August 2, 2018, the committee received an initial production of more than 125,000 records from Kavanaugh’s time as a White House lawyer in the George W. Bush administration. The committee has since publicly released 5,735 of those pages, and expects to release more on a rolling basis.
On July 27, 2018, Chairman Chuck Grassley requested that the National Archives produce documents from Kavanaugh’s work in the White House Counsel’s Office as well as records related to his nomination to be a judge on the D.C. Circuit. Chairman Grassley and the committee’s ranking member, Senator Dianne Feinstein, also requested records relating to Judge Kavanaugh’s work for Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr.
The committee established a dual track framework to review relevant documents, under which former President Bush is providing copies of these presidential records on an expedited basis while the National Archives continues its ongoing review.
The National Archives estimates the total production to be up to one million pages. For context, the largest executive branch production for previous Supreme Court nominees was roughly 180,000 pages for Justice Neil Gorsuch.