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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

More than 100 organizations have signed a letter demanding that no hearing date is scheduled for Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh until all of his records from his time in the George W. Bush administration are turned over to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Why it matters: The letter underscores the left's aggressive efforts to put pressure on lawmakers to stall Kavanaugh's confirmation and ensure that his past is properly vetted before putting him on the bench.

"Brett Kavanaugh likely has the longest paper trail of any Supreme Court nominee in history ... The Senate has a right to see the more than 1 million pages of records from his time in the White House before any hearing is scheduled."
— Brian Fallon, former press secretary for Hillary Clinton's campaign and head of Demand Justice, tells Axios

The details: Demand Justice — a nonprofit formed by veterans of the White House, Capitol Hill, and the Clinton and Obama campaigns — have led the effort and will send the letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the committee's ranking Democrat, this afternoon.

  • In addition to the letter, Demand Justice is also launching a five-figure digital ad campaign in Iowa, California, and D.C. urging voters to call their senators' offices and demand no hearing until the documents are produced.

State of play: Despite these efforts, Republicans and the White House are feeling confident with regard to Kavanaugh's confirmation. The conservative movement — after some early warning shots — appear to be rallying around the nominee. And so far we've not seen anything from the moderate Republican senators, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, to signal they won't vote for him either.

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Mitch McConnell's remarks on Black voters raise ire

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell during a Capitol Hill news conference earlier this year. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has been widely criticized for comments he made this week about Black American voters.

Driving the news: When asked by a reporter Wednesday about concerns among voters of color, McConnell said "the concern is misplaced, because if you look at the statistics, Black American voters are voting in just as high a percentage as Americans."

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Scoop: Trump’s friends worry legal pick for N.Y. case lacks experience

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Close associates and advisers to Donald Trump tell Axios they're concerned by his decision to use a relatively inexperienced New Jersey attorney, Alina Habba, in his high-stakes legal fight against New York Attorney General Letitia James.

Why it matters: A former president typically has access to the country's most prestigious experts, including lawyers. Trump has turned to the former general counsel for a parking garage company, who works from a small law office near his Bedminster, N.J., country club.

U.S. charges 4 Belarus officials with air piracy in journalist's arrest

A Boeing 737-8AS Ryanair passenger plane from Athens, Greece, that was diverted to Minsk, Belarus, in May. Photo: Petras Malukas/AFP via Getty Images

The Justice Department on Thursday charged four Belarusian government officials with conspiracy to commit aircraft piracy as part of an operation to arrest a dissident Belarusian journalist.

Why it matters: Prosecutors say the officials fabricated a bomb threat aboard a Ryanair flight carrying the journalist Raman Pratasevich last May, forcing it to land in Minsk, Belarus instead.

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