Democrats raise alarm over White House decision to withhold Kavanaugh documents

Sep 04, 2018, 03:26
Democrats raise alarm over White House decision to withhold Kavanaugh documents

President Donald Trump has stepped in last minute to block the release of more than 100,000 pages of documents related to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's time in the White House under the Bush administration, according to the New York Times.

The questioning is expected to be grueling, with Kavanaugh likely being pressed on his views on a bevy of legal issues, including executive power, reproductive rights, gun violence and privacy.

While Kavanaugh has upheld precedent during his time as a judge, it is uncertain if that will change if he is confirmed as a Supreme Court justice.

The letter said that Bush told them to "proceed expeditiously and to err as much as appropriate on the side of transparency and disclosure, and we believe we have done do. on the side of transparency and disclosure".

He said: "We're witnessing a Friday night document massacre".

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But the letter said that the White House and the Department of Justice, conducting its own review of the presidential records, "have identified certain documents of the type traditionally protected by constitutional privilege".

In his letter, Burck defined the withheld documents as those that "reflect deliberations and candid advice concerning the selection of judicial candidates" as well as advice submitted directly to Bush, substantive communications between White House staff about discussions with the President and "substantive deliberative discussions relating to or about executive orders or legislation considered by the Executive Office".

He added the remaining documents not included also presented functions of the executive office, which are traditionally kept confidential as part of a president's constitutional privileges.

"I think that you could ask some very interesting questions about these documents that I'm unable to even say", she said.

Democrats seemed to realize they are fighting a losing battle after attacks on the judge's personal finances and his activities while in the Bush White House fell short. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, raised concerns over more than 140,000 pages of material that have been made available to senators but not to the public.

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"Democrats have more than enough information to understand that this is a highly qualified jurist that should be the next Supreme Court justice", Wisconsin U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican, said in an interview on ABC's "This Week".

On NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday morning, Klobuchar said the Kavanaugh confirmation process is "not normal".

Kavanaugh must win a majority of the 100-seat Senate to approve his nomination.

However, Senator Lindsey Graham claimed that Kavanaugh may change the status quo of Roe v. Wade if given the opportunity.

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