Kavanaugh to face high level of scrutiny

Emily Larsen writes at CheckYourFact.com that U.S. senators should have no shortage of material with which to assess Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee said that they expect to receive more pages of records on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh than those produced for the last five Supreme Court justices combined.

Verdict: True

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) expects to review over 900,000 pages of records relating to Kavanaugh’s time in the White House and his nomination to the circuit court.

NARA produced 267,700 pages for the last five justices combined. The Senate Judiciary Committee estimated that it acquired 431,650 pages in total relating to the confirmations of those five justices.

It’s important to note that the claim deals with the last five confirmed judges. There were a couple recent nominees – Merrick Garland and Harriet Miers – who never received a vote.

Fact Check:

Republicans on the committee highlighted the volume of the records that they expect to receive, while Democrats and their allies downplayed the extent of the records requested.

“We’re going to see a submission of documents over the next several weeks that will be the equivalent of the documentation that have been submitted in total for the last five Supreme Court nominees,” North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis said at a press conference with other Judiciary Committee Republicans.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

Reader Comments