(From The Guardian)
A brewing showdown over Donald Trump’s supreme court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, has escalated in the US Senate amid a dispute over his record while serving in George W Bush’s White House.
Democrats amplified their campaign this week to force the release of millions of documents they say are critical to considering Kavanaugh and accused Republicans of stonewalling on the issue. Republicans, meanwhile, accused Democrats of resorting to a “delaying tactic” to bar Trump’s nominee from moving forward.
Kavanaugh was nominated by Trump this month to replace the retiring supreme court justice Anthony Kennedy, setting the stage for a major battle in Washington before the 2018 midterm elections.
Democrats insisted on the need for senators to review documents from Kavanaugh’s service in the Bush White House, where he served as staff secretary.
There have long been concerns about whether Kavanaugh might have misled the Senate about his role in Bush-era torture programs when he was confirmed to the DC circuit court of appeals in 2006. Also under scrutiny is Kavanaugh’s work assisting the investigation of Bill Clinton led by the then independent counsel Ken Starr.