Trump administration withholds 100,000 pages of Kavanaugh records

by Abel Hampton September 4, 2018, 3:22
Trump administration withholds 100,000 pages of Kavanaugh records

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) criticized Republicans on Sunday for the unprecedented way they are conducting the confirmation process for Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court.

"It's not normal because we are not able to see 100,000 documents because the administration has said we can't see them, exerting their executive power", Klobuchar said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is pictured on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 26, 2018.

Some left-wing activists have been urging Senate Democrats to walk out in protest because they feel Democrats have not had enough time to review all of Kavanaugh's documents, but Biden reportedly said during a Pittsburgh Labor Day parade that Democrats should "stay in the room, demand answers and keep pointing out that they have not given the material that was expected to the committee".

Burck noted that Kavanaugh dealt with "some of the most sensitive communications of any White House official" as an associate and senior associate White House counsel under Bush. The major portion of the documents withheld for privilege "reflect deliberations and candid advice concerning the selection and nomination of judicial candidates, the confidentiality of which is critical to any president's ability to carry out this core constitutional executive function".

Republicans shot back, saying they offered committee Democrats waivers in order to view the documents and only one - Minnesota Sen. Some presidential records were withheld because they are "protected by constitutional privilege", according to Burck.

Schumer said the decision to withhold the documents "has all the makings of a cover-up".

"The White House, after consultation with the Department of Justice, has directed that we not provide these documents for this reason", it said. She added that there are "some very interesting questions about these documents", and said the information would "bolster" her arguments about whether Kavanaugh is qualified to be a Supreme Court justice.

No land mines have been found in the hundreds of thousands of pages already available to the public, and Republicans said they have made the confidential documents available to all senators.

Klobuchar said she thought it would be "much more powerful" if Democrats asked tough questions.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., blasted the withholdings.

Last month, Kavanaugh told Collins he believed the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision was "settled law" - a comment she was pleased with, but that many Democrats and abortion rights organizations called vague and unimpressive.

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