WASHINGTON (AP) _ Almost 300 additional documents from Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito's time in the Justice Department were released Wednesday, two weeks before his confirmation hearings begin.

Many of the latest documents released by the National Archives simply indicate that Alito was copied in on internal Justice Department memos, or are photocopies of decisions that were made by federal judges while Alito was working for the department during the Reagan administration.

The Archives said it found the documents in the files of former Justice Department officials while processing Freedom of Information Act requests.

Alito's confirmation hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee begins Jan. 9. Republican leaders are pushing for a Jan. 20 confirmation vote in the full Senate.