Democrats to scrutinize Kavanaugh public records

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WASHINGTON (News4Utah) – Democrats hope to find something in Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s record to stop his confirmation to the Supreme Court and accuse Republicans of withholding key documents.

Senate Republicans made quite a show of how many documents they have already requested about Kavanaugh. Enough paper that Senator Mike Lee says “they would extend 11.9 Kavanaughtical miles out into the distance.”

But Democrats say they want more.

 “For some of our Democratic colleagues, there will never be enough paper,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said.

Republicans say Kavanaugh has made his positions quite clear. In his 12 years as a judge on DC Court of Appeals.

But Democrats wonder what’s in the documents they can’t see. and Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon points out –an exhaustive document search proved to be the key to stopping another of the president’s judicial nominees.

“I want to make sure that we get a nominee who understands the importance of precedent, who understands that this position isn’t about legislating from the bench,” he said.

For example, Senator Wyden is concerned about Judge Kavanaugh’s stance on Obamacare.

“I mean he basically said the bill shouldn’t have been passed at all,” Wyden said.

Senator Orrin Hatch says, no matter how many documents are reviewed- there’s a reality Democrats need to face.

“Judge Kavanaugh is going to sit on the United States Supreme Court when we’re through,” he said.

Republicans need 51 votes to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

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