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On Eve of Hearing, Lawyer Releases 42K Pages on Kavanaugh

Schumer slams 'least transparent SCOTUS process in history'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2018 7:00 AM CDT
In this July 19, 2018 photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh glances at reporters during a meeting with Sen. James Lankford.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
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(Newser) – Tuesday is the first day of Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh—but only those who were able to review 42,000 pages of documents overnight will be fully prepared, according to Sen. Chuck Schumer. The Senate minority leader blasted the "absurd" process Monday night after lawyer Bill Burck released the documents, which relate to Kavanaugh's service in the George W. Bush White House, the Washington Post reports. "Not a single senator will be able to review these records before tomorrow," tweeted the Democrat.

"Republicans know this has been the least transparent SCOTUS process in history and the hearings should be delayed until we can fully review Judge Kavanaugh’s records," Schumer said. The judiciary committee, however, tweeted within hours of the release of the documents that staff for the Republican majority had completed their review of "each and every one of these documents." The first day of the hearings will feature opening statements from senators and Kavanaugh, with questioning expected to start Wednesday, the AP reports. According to the latest Politico poll, support for Kavanaugh falls along party lines, with 37% saying he should be confirmed, 29% against, and 34% undecided. (The White House had blocked the release of 100,000 pages of Kavanaugh documents.)

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