Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said that congressional Democrats want to delay the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh because they're attempting to "re-litigate" the 2016 presidential election.

A number of Democratic senators quickly interrupted Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley's opening statement at Tuesday's confirmation hearing.

They objected to just receiving a batch of 42,000 documents relating to Kavanaugh's work with past administrations, and called for other withheld documents to be released.

Democrats are putting a lot of energy into receiving more documents, Cruz said, because their demands will be "impossible to meet."

He said that seeking more past information on Kavanaugh is simply an attempt to "distract and delay" his confirmation.


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Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) were among others who voiced objections on Tuesday.

Grassley has repeatedly stated that significantly more documents of executive branch material have been provided than was the case with past Supreme Court nominees.

"I believe this fight is nothing more and nothing less than an attempt by our Democratic colleagues to re-litigate the 2016 presidential election," Cruz added.

“If you will trust the American people, they will trust you," Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told Kavanaugh. "But if your effort today continues to conceal and hide documents, it raises a suspicion.”

Kavanaugh was a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals for more than a decade, and was also a lawyer in the White House Counsel's office during George W. Bush's administration.

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