Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Congressional Correspondence related to the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court

Under the Presidential Records Act, 44 U.S.C. 2204 and 2205, Congress may request access to presidential records in the holdings of the National Archives . The correspondence below addresses this issue with respect to the nomination  of Brett M. Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Kavanaugh served in the White House Counsel's Office and the White House Office of the Staff Secretary under the Administration of President George W. Bush. Presidential records related to that service are being reviewed and will be released on the George W. Bush Presidential Library's website.  

Additionally, Kavanaugh served as an Associate Independent Counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Starr during the Administration of President William J. Clinton. Records related to that service are covered by the Federal Records Act, and are in the holdings of the National Archives. These records are also being reviewed and released. 

 

Date Sender Recipient Subject
July 21, 2018 Sen. Dianne Feinstein David Ferriero, Archivist Processing Kavanaugh-related presidential records for access 
July 23, 2018 Sen. Charles Grassley David Ferriero, Archivist Response to Sen. Feinstein's July 21  letter to NARA
July 26, 2018 David Ferriero, Archivist Sen. Dianne Feinstein Response to Sen. Feinstein's July 21 letter to NARA
July 27, 2018 Sen. Dianne Feinstein David Ferriero, Archivist Response to July 26, 2018 letter 
July 27, 2018 Sen. Charles Grassley Patrick Mordente, Director, G.W. Bush Library Judiciary Committee Chairman's request for records
July 30, 2018 Sen. Charles Grassley David Ferriero, Archivist Response to Sen. Feinstein's July 27 letter to NARA
July 31, 2018 Minority Senate Judiciary Committee members Patrick Mordente, Director, G.W. Bush Library Minority Judiciary Committee members'  request for records
Aug. 2, 2018 Gary M. Stern, NARA General Counsel Sen. Charles Grassley Response to Sen. Grassley's July 27 letter to G.W. Bush Library
Aug. 2, 2018 David Ferriero, Archivist Sen. Charles Schumer 

Letter to Senate Minority Leader concerning Section 2205 of the PRA

Aug. 3, 2018 Sen. Charles Grassely and Sen. Dianne Feinstein  David Ferriero, Archivist Committee's request for access to records from Office of Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Starr
Aug. 6, 2018 Sen. Dianne Feinstein David Ferriero, Archivist Response to Archivist's Aug. 2, 2018 letter to Senate Minority Leader concerning Section 2205 of the PRA  
Aug. 8, 2018 Minority Senate Judiciary Committee members Gary M. Stern, NARA General Counsel FOIA request for  Kavanaugh PRA records 
Aug. 9, 2018 Gary M. Stern, NARA General Counsel Sen. Charles Grassely and Sen. Dianne Feinstein  First Response to Committee's request for access to records from Office of Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Starr
Aug. 10, 2018 Shannon Jarrett, Supervisory Archivist, G.W. Bush Library Sen. Richard Blumenthal Response to Aug. 8 FOIA request for Kavanaugh PRA records
Aug. 10, 2018 David Ferriero, Archivist Sen. Dianne Feinstein Response to Aug. 6 letter concerning interpretation of Section 2205 of the PRA
Aug. 16, 2018 Sen. Charles Grassley Gary M. Stern, NARA General Counsel First request to prioritize review of particular documents
Aug. 17, 2018 Gary M. Stern, NARA General Counsel Sen. Charles Grassely and Sen. Dianne Feinstein  Second Response to Committee's request for access to records from Office of Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Star
Aug. 28, 2018 Sen. Charles Grassley Gary M. Stern, NARA General Counsel Second request to prioritize review of particular documents
Aug. 29, 2018 Gary M. Stern, NARA General Counsel Sen. Charles Grassley Response to July 27, 2018 request for records
Sept. 12, 2018 Shannon Jarrett, Supervisory Archivist, G.W. Bush Library  Sen. Richard Blumenthal Response to Aug. 8, 2018 FOIA request for Kavanaugh PRA records
Sept. 21, 2018 Gary M. Stern, NARA General Counsel Sen. Charles Grassely and Sen. Dianne Feinstein  Third response to Committee's request for access to records from Office of Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Star
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