William Burck, a lawyer for former President George W. Bush, released more than 42,000 pages of documents regarding Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh late Monday night, sparking the ire of Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer.
Mr. Schumer sounded the alarm Monday night, saying the document dump “underscores just how absurd” the Kavanaugh confirmation process has been. He demanded that Republicans delay the hearings until the documents could be reviewed.
Mr. Kavanaugh is scheduled to start his weeklong hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday morning.
The Senate Judiciary Committee responded to Mr. Schumer’s complaints on Twitter. The Republican-led committee said it already completed reviewing the documents, directly challenging the top Democrat’s claim of not having enough time before Tuesday’s start.
The Washington Post reported that Mr. Burck’s letter to Judiciary Chairman Sen. Charles E. Grassley said that more than 5,000 documents of the total 42,390 must remain confidential. A team of Bush lawyers will make a final decision on publicly releasing the documents later, he wrote.