"It's clear that Republicans want to speed this nomination through before we know who Brett Kavanaugh is".
Schumer said on Friday that Republicans were only planning to release a small portion of documents that would be "cherry-picked by a Republican operative" now working for the former president Bush.
"We believe an indictment should not be pursued while the President is in Office", Kavanaugh wrote. Chuck Grassley, the Republican chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said the committee will launch up to four days of review on Tuesday, beginning with opening remarks from senators. Democrats have warned that Kavanaugh may be unwilling to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
President Donald Trump's nominee to be the next justice on the Supreme Court -- Judge Brett Kavanaugh -- is set for a confirmation hearing on September 4, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee announced Friday.
"Republicans" mad rush to hold this hearing after unilaterally deciding to block almost all of Judge Kavanaugh's records from public release is further evidence that they are hiding important information from the American people, and continues to raise the question, "What are they hiding?'" Schumer said in a statement.
Leading Democrats in the Senate immediately questioned Republicans' motives for the timing of the confirmation hearing. "It's time for the American people to hear directly from Judge Kavanaugh at his public hearing", Grassley said in his statement announcing the hearing. Grassley's aides have said they expect to release more of those papers on a rolling basis.
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"Republicans just announced that they are scheduling a hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh starting on September 4", Harris said.
August 2: Former President George W. Bush revealed he is working with William A. Burck - a right-wing political operative who served as a deputy to Kavanaugh in 2005 and is now the attorney representing Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus, and Donald McGahn in the Russian Federation probe - to vet which documents from Kavanaugh's record are released to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The 184,000 pages turned over to the committee from his time at the White House and as part of Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's work constitutes the largest turnover of documents from the Executive Branch regarding a nominee for the Supreme Court, according to the Judiciary Committee.
The Kavanaugh confirmation process is moving ahead with hearings now scheduled for next month. "My team has already reviewed every page of the over 4,800 pages of judicial opinions Judge Kavanaugh wrote, over 6,400 pages of opinion he joined, more than 125,000 pages of records produced from his White House legal service, and over 17,000 pages in response to the most comprehensive questionnaire ever submitted to a nominee".
A spokeswoman for Feinstein said the senator is "reviewing options in the event he continues to restrict access to only senators on the committee". "Judge Kavanaugh looks forward to addressing the Judiciary Committee in public hearings for the American people to view".
Grassley has previously said Kavanaugh's vetting process is probably the "deepest dive" ever conducted on a Supreme Court nominee.