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"This unprecedented process appears to be designed intentionally by Republicans to deny the Senate and the American people the information they need to evaluate this critically important nomination".

As a result of this voluminous documentation, Stern concluded that "we will not be able to complete our review of all of the records that you have requested by August 15".

The Iowa Republican had said Wednesday that he will hold a confirmation hearing in September with the goal of a floor vote by October 1.

Hatch's frustration with his friends across the aisle comes after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said they'd fight Kavanaugh with "everything they've got" and other Democrats refused to even offer Kavanaugh a meeting. He said he could not reach an agreement with Feinstein over the scope of the documents request.

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) is the only other Democrat to say he will meet with Kavanaugh - a meeting that could be inspired by his red-state reelection bid in the 2018 midterms.

The heightened tensions over President Donald Trump's nominee came as the first batch of documents were turned over to the committee from George W. Bush's team Thursday, totaling more than 125,000 pages during Kavanaugh's time serving in Bush's White House counsel's office from 2001-2003.

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Grassley's July 27 letter sought records about Kavanaugh's work at the White House Counsel's Office, but not his time as staff secretary.

Hatch spoke favorably about the nominee, calling Kavanaugh a "fine person" and saying Congress should confirm him "if you want a choir boy to be on the court". "I think they will have a good sense of what is out there on Kavanaugh".

Republicans have been hesitant to request those records, however, and have accused Democrats of engaging in stalling tactics.

The documents being reviewed by the National Archives do not include papers related to Kavanaugh's three years as staff secretary to the president, which Democrats have demanded. They said Grassley's initial request was sufficient and that senators would have hundreds of thousands of records to review on the nomination even without the staff secretary documents. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said at a Capitol Hill press conference on Thursday. In an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, David Singh Grewal and others maintain that "t$3 here is no liberal case for Kavanaugh", arguing that "the debate over [his] confirmation [should] focus on the issues, not on the pedigree or manners of a judge who, as a justice, will nearly surely work to undermine decades of settled judicial precedent in a way no liberal should be willing to condone".

"I'm exhausted of partisanship and frankly, we didn't treat their candidates for these positions the way they're treating ours", Sen. "To be clear, President Bush has offered this as a courtesy to the Committee to assist in a timely assessment of Judge Kavanaugh's nomination".