Democrats decry 'Friday night document massacre' as White House withholds Kavanaugh docs

Clay Curtis
September 4, 2018

But the current administration is also able to review the records, and the Trump White House 'has directed that we not provide these documents, ' the letter says. After all, 71% of voters support Roe v. Wade, while Only 37% approve of a Brett Kavanaugh confirmation.

In a letter sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday, Bush lawyer William Burck, who is in charge of compiling documents related to the presidency, wrote that Bush had advised him to err "on the side of transparency and disclosure", but that the Trump administration directed him not to release certain files, citing executive privilege. Kavanaugh was nominated July 9, and his confirmation could tilt the balance of the Supreme Court for a generation. "We're going to have a hearing and there's no drama in this hearing", he said.

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.

Kavanaugh worked for independent counsel Ken Starr during the investigation of Bill Clinton but has questioned the extent to which sitting presidents can be investigated.

He said Senate Republicans and Trump "are colluding to keep".

"If he's so proud of his conservative credentials, show us the record, stand before us, trust the American people and they will trust you".

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A policeman called as a prosecution witness testified that his commander had ordered that documents be planted on the journalists. Reuters published the results of the journalists' investigation in February, after Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were already detained.

Kavanaugh's confirmation is complicated by the sheer number of emails that exist during his years in the White House.

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.

Burck said he has given the committee "every reviewable" document that he received except those that fell into exemptions that included "presidential records protected by constitutional privilege".

With Kavanaugh's hearing set to commence on Tuesday, Democrats view the document block as an attempted "coverup", with Sen.

Democratic Senators Joe Donnelly in Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota and Joe Manchin in West Virginia all face tough re-election battles in November in states Trump won easily in the 2016 election and could face pressure from voters to approve the Trump court selection.

Republicans have dismissed Democrats' concerns over lack of access to portions of the record on Kavanaugh's background, arguing their criticism is politically motivated. It said that 440,500 documents were produced in relation to Kavanaugh, compared with 182,000 for Justice Neil Gorsuch, 173,000 for Justice Elena Kagan and just 6,350 for Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

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