As Democratic complaints about the lack of transparency in the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process continued Tuesday morning, a Republican committee member referenced a tweet reporting that the Democratic senators had a phone conference to plan their protests.
Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) noted that the conference occurred before some 40,000 Kavanaugh documents were released late Monday, which was the basis of many of the Judiciary Dems’ complaints on Tuesday.
Sources tell @Kasie and me that this is a coordinated effort by Senate Dems on the Judiciary Committee, and that it was discussed during the holiday weekend on a call organized by Schumer.
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) September 4, 2018
“None of the members on this committee participated in the phone call or the strategy before the documents were released yesterday? Is this, are you suggesting that this allegation is false?” Tillis said.
“There was a phone conference yesterday,” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) confirmed, while adding that Democrats were also frustrated with the 100,000 Kavanaugh documents that had been deemed committee confidential, meaning that the senators could not make those records public.
That another 42,000 docs would be released late Monday night “added insult to injury,” Durbin said.