Trump to withhold 100,000 pages of Kavanaugh’s White House records

03 September, 2018, 18:58 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Democrats slam White House for withholding documents on Supreme Court nominee

Days before Supreme Court hopeful Brett Kavanaugh faces his long-awaited Senate confirmation hearings, the White House announced that it would withhold more than 100,000 pages of documents from his tenure as a lawyer for the George W. Bush administration in the early 2000s.

More than 400,000 other pages have been handed over to the Senate Judiciary Committee, but Democrats say the withheld documents would give details and color to Kavanaugh's time as White House Counsel in the Bush White House - when he was involved in some of its most controversial decisions and judicial nominations. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said of the White House.

"You have a nominee with excellent credentials, with his family behind him, you have the cameras there, you have the senators questioning, but this isn't normal because we are not able to see 100,000 documents that the archivist has just - because the administration has said we can't see them", Klobuchar said.

In all, 267,000 pages of Kavanaugh documents from his Bush years are being made public.

Kavanaugh has worked for the federal government for years and that work has generated approximately six to seven million pages of records.

Trump nominated Kavanaugh to be a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on July 9.

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In remarks on "Fox News Sunday" about high court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's position of the ruling that legalizes abortion, the South Carolina Republican said he "wouldn't vote for anybody that says that every decision [of] the Supreme Court can not be revisited... through a process... of overturning long precedent".

President Barack Obama did not claim privilege on any of the documents involving now-Justice Elena Kagan, the last Supreme Court nominee to have served in a White House, according to Christopher Kang, who was a deputy counsel under Obama.

She was one of several Democrats who lodged complaints over the weekend that Mr. Bush and President Trump were keeping damning documents from Judge Kavanaugh's past secret. Unite in opposition? Boycott the hearing? Senate Democrats have been sparring for weeks with Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, over how many documents from Kavanaugh's past Democrats are allowed access to.

In 1986, President Ronald Reagan asserted privilege over Justice Department documents sought by senators as they considered the nomination of William Rehnquist for chief justice of the Supreme Court.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer referred to the decision to withhold the documents as a "Friday night document massacre" in a tweet on Saturday morning. What are they trying so desperately to hide?' If confirmed, he'd cement a conservative majority at the high court.

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