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Kavanaugh opposed indicting a sitting president

13 August 2018

The National Archives and Records Administration released the documents Friday. He wrote, "We believe an indictment should not be pursued while the President is in Office".

The memo provides greater insight into Kavanaugh's views on executive power that are expected to feature prominently in the Senate confirmation hearings. Democrats have warned that Kavanaugh may be unwilling to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) said Friday the confirmation hearing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court will begin Tuesday, September 4. After the questioning, there will be testimony from close associates of Kavanaugh as well as legal experts and the American Bar Association.

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 a statement. Collins. It's time she put country before party and announce a "no" vote on Kavanaugh.

Grassley's team of counsels and other aides have reviewed 4,800 pages of legal opinions that Kavanaugh wrote, more than 17,000 pages related to Kavanaugh's committee questionnaire, and more than 184,000 pages of the nominee's documents from his tenure working in the George W. Bush White House and for independent counsel Kenneth Starr. Republicans want Kavanaugh on the bench as early as the first of October, before the court starts its next term.

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Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director for the Judicial Crisis Network, expects the process to move steadily forward, despite Democrat demands for more time to evaluate Kavanaugh's record.

"With the Senate already reviewing more documents than for any other Supreme Court nominee in history, Chairman Grassley has lived up to his promise to lead an open, transparent and fair process".

"Scheduling a hearing in early September, while more than 99 percent of Kavanaugh's records are still unavailable, is not only unprecedented but a new low in Republican efforts to stack the courts", said California Senator Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

On his time at the White House, Kavanaugh has said, "my five and a half years in the White House - and especially my three years as Staff Secretary for President Bush - were among the most interesting and in many ways among the most instructive".

Kavanaugh opposed indicting a sitting president