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    Kavanaugh paper chase threatens to draw out confirmation battle
    By JOSH GERSTEIN

    "But the quantity of files potentially at issue in Kavanaugh's case could be unprecedented. Former officials believe millions of pages of emails and other documents circulated through Kavanaugh's office during his time as staff secretary. If Senate Democrats insist on receiving every page, the confirmation process could grind to a crawl."
    "People are going to claim they want every document that passed through the staff secretary’s office. That’s insane. ... To me, that’s where the battle is going to be pitched," said one GOP veteran of Supreme Court confirmation battles."







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    Given that Republicans feel that they have this nomination all sewn up for quick confirmation makes it that much more important to have each and every page related to Kavanaugh produced for the Senators to review and ask questions about. Yes, there are millions of pages but no one said it would be easy. It is incumbent upon those trying to get Kavanaugh confirmed to have those pages posted for all to see. Nothing less should be accepted. We have to know who we are truly dealing with here and what he is capable of doing if confirmed.

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    The democrats are going to be against the Trump nominee no matter who it is. As always democrat put party above country and put party above justice

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    The Republicans were going to be against the Obama nominee no matter who it was. As always Republicans put political party above country and put their party above justice. Remember Merrick Garland? Mitch McConnell held that nomination hostage until Republicans could come in and put in their own Republican(s).

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    Weak ploy by the Dimsocialists.

    His name has been on the list since Trump was a candidate. Therefore, they have had almost 2 years to look into this guy.

    Another brilliant move by Trump.
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    That is why Rosenstein has marshaled a huge number of people, including AUSA's, to get that paperwork out, so it will not bog this down.

    I expect Kavanaugh to be approved before Labor Day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DemoWhip View Post
    The Republicans were going to be against the Obama nominee no matter who it was. As always Republicans put political party above country and put their party above justice. Remember Merrick Garland? Mitch McConnell held that nomination hostage until Republicans could come in and put in their own Republican(s).

    When did Republicans delay Clinton or Øbama SCOTUS nominees? Not talking the lame duck nomination of Garland.

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    The gift of Brett Kavanaugh's voluminous work product already foiling GOP's swift timeline
    In 2010, it took three months to confirm Elena Kagan, from the announcement on May 10 to the vote on August 5, a process that also involved releasing documents from Kagan’s time at the Clinton White House. But her paper trail only involved some 160,000 documents. At the time, the Obama White House bent over backward to expedite the release of materials from the National Archives.

    In stark contrast, the Trump administration has actually been stalling the release of thousands of Kavanaugh's documents since September of last year, when the judicial watchdog group Fix the Court made a Freedom of Information Act request for the materials (which should be a matter of public record). The group filed suit Tuesday to sue the Trump administration for blocking release of the Kavanaugh documents.

    The other wild card is what’s actually in all those documents. The Trump administration clearly hasn’t been keen on making the materials public in the first place. If Democrats unearth some bombshell among Kavanaugh’s writings, that could also throw a wrench in the confirmation process. And now that the clock has started ticking, every delay is a win for Democrats.

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    The Republicans’ Unprecedented Obstructionism By The Numbers

    Quote Originally Posted by excalibur View Post
    When did Republicans delay Clinton or Øbama SCOTUS nominees? Not talking the lame duck nomination of Garland.
    "Lame duck" is a lame excuse. Scalia died in Feb...the election was Nov, EIGHT months later. The massive number of other federal judiciary appointments that were obstructed is unprecedented. Every federal judicial appointment is important and McConnell and his merry band of thieves stole that SCOTUS seat, without question. They are now stacking the entire federal judiciary with their tight-ass right-wing regressive choices to take this country backward for a generation or more.

    The Republicans’ Unprecedented Obstructionism By The Numbers
    But if Barack Obama's legislative agenda ran into endless Republican obstacles in Congress, his judicial nominees hit a brick wall. The same Republicans who decried the judicial filibuster and demanded an "up or down vote" for President Bush's selections to the federal bench have stymied Obama's choices at a record rate.
    Citing research by the Alliance for Justice, in June ThinkProgress reported:

    [T]he Senate confirmed fewer of [Obama's] district and circuit nominees than every president back to Jimmy Carter, and the lowest percentage of nominees - 58% - than any president in American history at this point in a President's first term. By comparison, Presidents George W. Bush, Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Reagan and Carter had 77%, 90%, 96%, 98%, and 97% of their nominees confirmed after two years, respectively.

    Senate Republicans' mass obstruction of Obama's judges stands in stark contrast to the treatment afforded to past presidents. Indeed, the Senate confirmed fewer judges during Obama's first two years in office than it did during the same period in the Carter Administration, even though the judiciary was 40 percent smaller while Carter was in office.

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    As dismal as that record is, it's actually an improvement from a year earlier, when only 43& of President Obama's judicial appointments had been confirmed:
    Not content that federal judges are now retiring at twice the rate that replacements are being confirmed, Congressional Republicans headed off to their five-week August recess without taking action on 20 Obama judicial nominees (16 of them approved unanimously by the Judiciary Committee). As ThinkProgress also noted, the rapidly growing caseload for the under-sized federal judiciary means that "even if all judicial vacancies were filled, we'd still need more judges." It's no wonder Chief Justice John Roberts - certainly no friend of Barack Obama and the Democracy Party - urged action to address "the persistent problem of judicial vacancies."

    Republican obstructionism hasn't merely destroyed the nominations of judicial standouts like Goodwin Liu, who this week assumed his new position on the Supreme Court of California. High profile Obama administration nominees like Dawn Johnson and Peter Diamond, the latter a Nobel Prize-winning economist, never saw the light of day in the Senate. And having already dissuaded President Obama from choosing Elizabeth Warren to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau created by Congress last year, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the GOP would block any and all comers put forward by the White House:

    "It's not sexist. It's not Elizabeth Warren-specific," McConnell spokesman Donald Stewart said. "It's any nominee."
    Just to be on the safe side, Republicans maneuvered to ensure that President Obama could make no recess appointments during the current Congressional recess.

    As Ian Millhiser reported in April, Republicans blocked scores of Obama nominees over matters large and small. Often, very small:

    Following in the footsteps of Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), who placed a hold on over 70 of President Obama's nominees last year in order to extort tens of billions of dollars worth of pork for his state, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) threw a similar tantrum yesterday over a mere $50,000. Graham (R-SC) promised to shut down all executive branch and judicial confirmations in the Senate until he gets $50,000 to conduct a study on deepening the Port of Charleston.
    ...SO MUCH MORE...
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    Quote Originally Posted by excalibur View Post
    When did Republicans delay Clinton or Øbama SCOTUS nominees? Not talking the lame duck nomination of Garland.
    McConnell was holding out for a Republican to be elected so that he could throw all of his support behind whomever the Republican prez was going to be when they nominated a right-wing conservative to the SCOTUS. I know you conveniently don't want to talk about Garland but facts are facts. He could have gone ahead and had the Senate vote on his confirmation pro or con. But he didn't. That is significant and has gone down in history to be remembered for a long long time.
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    Why is the Trump admin taking so long to release things? They turned off easy mode when Obama was in office and now they are sad that it's hard to get things done.

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