Sen. Chris Coons released a statement July 28 after Senate Republicans refused to request documents related to Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s time as White House staff secretary.

“The next Supreme Court justice will have a significant impact on the lives of all Americans. That’s why it’s absolutely critical that we’re able to assess Judge Kavanaugh’s full record, including his time as White House staff secretary. I am deeply disappointed that Chairman Grassley declined to seek those documents. There is no good reason for the omission, and I hope he will change his mind. Judge Kavanaugh himself has said that the staff secretary position was one of the most formative in his professional career, and without the records from that time, the Senate simply won’t be prepared to fully vet his nomination. That’s a disservice to the American people and to the Senate as an institution,” said Coons.