Six Senators File Lawsuit for Kavanaugh Records

The fight to vet Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s record is not over.

After months of obstruction and an unprecedented lack of transparency, American Oversight filed a lawsuit and motion for a temporary restraining order on behalf of six members of the Senate Judiciary Committee — Senators Richard Blumenthal, Patrick Leahy, Sheldon Whitehouse, Mazie Hirono, Cory Booker, and Kamala Harris — seeking the release of records from the National Archives, the Bush Library, and the Central Intelligence Agency. The complaint was amended on Friday, September 21, 2018 to add the Department of Justice as a defendant.

In a status conference on September 21, the agencies agreed to produce records in response to the senators’ requests and to begin negotiations to set up a timetable for the files to be made public.

The lawsuit (below) asks the court to order the release of correspondence from Kavanaugh’s time working in the White House under President George W. Bush.

The senators had filed requests with the agencies under the Freedom of Information Act, asking for the release of the information they needed in order to fulfill their constitutional responsibility to advise and consent on judicial nominations. After the agencies failed to provided the records, the Senators filed suit.

More information on the senators’ lawsuit to get the facts about Kavanaugh’s record can be found here.