Sen. Chris Coons, D-Delaware, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement after Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, scheduled confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the first week of September.
“I’m deeply disappointed that Chairman Grassley has decided to rush the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Kavanaugh without our having access to his full record. Both parties used to believe in fully vetting nominees for life-tenured positions on the Supreme Court in a way that allowed for full transparency and for the Senate to do its job responsibly,” said Coons.
“Let’s be clear about what’s happening: the National Archives has millions of pages of records on the nominee, Judge Kavanaugh, and those records belong to the American people. Even Chairman Grassley asked for 900,000 pages from the National Archives, but Republicans won’t even wait to get those records. Instead, the committee will only see documents that Judge Kavanaugh’s former deputy selects and releases to the Senate — and he has only given us two percent of the total records,” said Coons.
“This is a disservice to the U.S. Senate and to the American people who are entitled to see these records and to have them inform our confirmation hearing of the president’s nominee for the Supreme Court,” said Coons.