In the days leading up to the hearing, Democrats have slammed the White House for withholding more than 100,000 pages of records related to Kavanaugh, a former White House staffer and lawyer for Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr who now sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah said Schumer's claim was "entirely incorrect," saying the Senate Judiciary Committee requested access to "any non-privileged Presidential record".
Democrats have been frustrated by the fact that they have been unable to see documents from Kavanaugh's time working as a staff secretary for former President George W. Bush.
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"A Supreme Court with Brett Kavanaugh on it will roll back the rights of hundreds of millions of Americans, turn the clock back on decades worth of progress for women, for the LGBTQ community, for African Americans, for workers, and cement the worst of Donald Trump's policies for generations to come", she added.
"You have a nominee who has one of the most expansive views of presidential power that we've seen in history", she said.
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Kilimnik has been identified in filings as having worked for the Russian military's intelligence service known as the GRU. Kilimnik and Manafort, meanwhile, have been indicted on allegations tied to their own work in Ukraine.
Senate Democrats have been infuriated that Republicans have requested documents just from Kavanaugh's two years as associate White House counsel as the Senate reviews the nominee's record. "The issue now is what are Democrats going to do about it?"
That stance is likely to anger Senate Democrats who want more campaign finance restrictions, arguing that rich donors have gained too much influence in politics through their ability to fund outside groups that run ads influencing elections.
In 1986, President Ronald Reagan asserted privilege over Justice Department documents sought by senators as they considered the nomination of William Rehnquist for chief justice of the Supreme Court.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer referred to the decision to withhold the documents as a "Friday night document massacre" in a tweet on Saturday morning. "Republicans in the Senate and the President of the United States are colluding to keep Judge Kavanaugh's records secret, and trying to hide their actions from the American people by doing it on the Friday night of a holiday weekend".
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