And in May 2003, another White House official told Judge Kavanaugh that she had “asked for the Pickering package they are distributing” and was “sending it your way to review.” When he asked whom “they” referred to, she replied: “The Pickering team. Chip, Chip’s COS and whoever else they are using. You should know them” — adding “hehe.” (Judge Pickering’s son, Charles Pickering, known as Chip, was a Republican congressman at the time, and COS means “chief of staff.”)
The emails were among about 88,000 pages of Bush White House files involving Judge Kavanaugh made public on Sunday. They had been provided to the committee and approved for release by William A. Burck, a lawyer working for Mr. Bush, who has the authority to disclose his administration’s still secret files.
On Thursday, Mr. Grassley announced that Mr. Burck had provided another 64,000 pages of Bush White House files, bringing the total he has given the committee to about 248,000. About 94,000 are public so far.
A Democratic aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said several of the still confidential files that the committee has received from Mr. Burck shed significant additional light on Judge Kavanaugh’s work on the Pickering nomination, but provided no details.
Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said the main issue was not that Judge Kavanaugh worked on a controversial nominee, but “whether he was truthful” about that work.
“Some of the narrow set of documents from Kavanaugh’s time in the White House that we’ve seen and are public show that he led on key parts of the Charles Pickering nomination, which he denied,” she said, adding that it “raises serious questions” and “shows the need for more documents” before the committee moves forward.