Hatch and other Republican senators criticized Democrats for their attempts to obstruct the confirmation of Kavanaugh.
The agency, which is tasked with preserving and documenting government records, said Thursday in a letter that it would not be able to comply fully with the request from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) until the "end of October". "There's no chance in hell Mitch McConnell holds this vote after the election".
Hatch's frustration with his friends across the aisle comes after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said they'd fight Kavanaugh with "everything they've got" and other Democrats refused to even offer Kavanaugh a meeting. It cited the sheer number of documents and emails relating to the D.C. Circuit Court judge's work in the Counsel's Office, which "could be more than 900,000 pages".
At Politico Magazine, "liberal Democrat and feminist" Supreme Court practitioner Lisa Blatt calls Kavanaugh "the most qualified conservative for the job" and urges Democrats to "quit attacking Kavanaugh-full stop".
The documents could be produced earlier via a separate source: the Bush presidential library, which is conducting its own review.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Democrats also object to the Bush library, rather than nonpartisan archives officials, vetting the documents.
Grassley's July 27 letter sought records about Kavanaugh's work at the White House Counsel's Office, but not his time as staff secretary.
Manchin's remarks mean he did not commit to voting for or against Kavanaugh ahead of the confirmation hearing that could take place as soon as September, with the goal of replacing retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy before the next court session begins on October 1.
Democrats wrote to the National Archives requesting a broad set of the documents, using a letter with almost the same language that was sent by both parties in 2010 seeking documentation about Obama's nominee Elena Kagan. The archives can prioritize their review of those records.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has had enough of the partisan fighting over Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, and his frustration boiled over during a press conference Thursday, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.
Even before Thursday's letter from the National Archives, Republicans blasted the Democratic demands as delay tactics. "I'm exhausted of partisanship, and frankly, we didn't treat their candidates for these positions the way they're treating ours". "Here's the reality. The same people who are asking for the documents oppose Judge Kavanaugh". "To be clear, President Bush has offered this as a courtesy to the Committee to assist in a timely assessment of Judge Kavanaugh's nomination".