Democrats are again attempting, and again being denied, their requests for documents on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s White House tenure.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein made a request for The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to “reconsider withholding Kavanaugh records” after a request for the documents made by Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer was previously denied.
The agency has a policy of only responding to requests from committee chairs, all of whom are currently Republicans since both chambers of Congress are Republican-controlled.
Head of the National Archives David S. Ferriero addressed Sen. Dianne Feinstein in a letter on Friday, responding to her request that he reconsider the agency’s “longstanding and consistent practice of responding only to requests from committee chairs under this section.”
“I am not in a position to change our understanding of the law or our practice in this particular instance,” Ferriero said. He noted that he had consulted with the Department of Justice to confirm the agency’s legal interpretation of the Presidential Records Act.
Senate Judiciary Democrats filed FOIA requests last week in an effort to obtain Kavanaugh’s documents.