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First batch of Kavanaugh White House documents released

In this Aug. 7, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, officiates at the swearing-in of Judge Britt Grant to take a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit at the U.S. District Courthouse in Washington. Kavanaugh has expressed concern about federal agencies running amok. But his view that they should adhere strictly to laws passed by Congress worries liberals. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first batch of documents from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's time in George W. Bush's White House has been released.

The 5,700 pages were posted Thursday on the Senate Judiciary Committee's website after being compiled by a lawyer representing the former president.

Senate Republicans and Democrats are engaged in a fierce dispute about how many documents from Kavanaugh's time in the Bush White House should be released.

Democrats complain that Bush's lawyer is selectively releasing documents on an expedited basis without oversight from the National Archives and Records Administration.

Lawmakers have previously posted thousands of other documents related to Kavanaugh, including his questionnaire and his court cases as an appellate judge.

The Senate is planning to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination in the fall.

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