Leahy, Democrats demand release of Kavanaugh documents

Published: Sep. 19, 2018 at 2:30 PM EDT
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Sen. Patrick Leahy hopes a judge will step into the political fight surrounding the president's Supreme Court pick.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh is scheduled to testify before senators again on Monday, following a recent allegation that he sexually assaulted a girl while in high school.

Separately, Leahy still wants to see documents from Kavanaugh's time in the Bush administration. Leahy and fellow Democrats signed onto a lawsuit Monday demanding the CIA and National Archives turnover those files.

"We've asked for all the records. They're holding back a large amount of his records, right now, we're scheduled to get them sometime after the vote. That doesn't do you any good," said Leahy, D-Vermont.

Republicans argue the documents aren't needed as they don't reflect Kavanaugh's opinions. Rather, they're the legal arguments of others he passed along in his role as White House staff secretary.

Even if a judge forces the release of the documents, it's not clear they would come out before the Senate decides whether Kavanaugh will join the Supreme Court.