White House withholds 100,000 pages of Kavanaugh's records
- Author: Rogelio Becker Sep 04, 2018,
Sep 04, 2018, 3:25
The confirmation hearings for President Trump's nominee to be the next Supreme Court justice, Brett Kavanaugh, begin Tuesday, and Fox News Channel has can't-miss coverage. President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, officiates at the swearing-in of Judge Britt Grant to take a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta at the U.S. District Courthouse in Washington.
Bush directed them to err 'on the side of transparency and disclosure, and we believe we have done so'.
Senate Democrats said it was the first time the executive branch has invoked the Presidential Records Act to avoid handing over documents to Congress.
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".
The records are from Kavanaugh's time working as a lawyer for former President George W. Bush's administration.
The Department of Justice and the White House said it had identified the documents to be within "constitutional privilege", Burck wrote in the letter, which was released by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Trump's decision "to step in at the last moment and hide 100,000 pages of Judge Kavanaugh's records from the American public is not only unprecedented in the history of Supreme Court nominations, it has all the makings of a cover-up", Schumer said in a statement on Saturday. They've exerted their executive power - 148,000 documents that I've seen, that you can not see, because they won't allow us to make them public. 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.
Asked if the documents she's seen would actually raise doubts about Kavanaugh's ability to be fair, Klobuchar said it would "strongly bolster the arguments that [she] could make".
Klobuchar said she thought it would be "much more powerful" if Democrats asked tough questions.
"There is a serious question as to whether this president, given the opportunity, will end the Mueller investigation, something which most Republicans and the overwhelming majority of Americans say would be a serious mistake", Sen.
There are also two Republican senators on the radar: Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, both of whom are pro-choice.