Senate Democrats demand 100,000 withheld Kavanaugh records

Senate Democrats demand 100,000 withheld Kavanaugh records

Senate Democrats demand 100,000 withheld Kavanaugh records

The Trump administration is withholding more than 100,000 pages of Brett Kavanaugh's records from the Bush White House on the basis of presidential privilege ahead of the Supreme Court nominee's confirmation hearing.

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.

So will special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing probe, as Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats ready a rapid-fire line of questioning for Kavanaugh about his views of executive power - including the federal appellate judge's past writings opining that presidents should not face the "burden" of cooperating with criminal investigations and prosecutions. Democrats have also pushed for records from Kavanaugh's three years as Bush's staff secretary, but Republicans say that demand is excessive and that those papers are irrelevant to Kavanaugh's nomination.

"The White House, after consultation with the Department of Justice, has directed that we not provide these documents for this reason", it said.

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. 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". Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), a member of the Judiciary Committee. In a release, the committee pointed out that Grassley had promised to facilitate the release of another set of documents, now available only to members, if senators keep their requests targeted to specific documents.

Klobuchar argued that the documents stemming from Kavanaugh's time in the Bush White House could "strongly bolster the arguments that I could make" on whether the appellate court judge is qualified to serve on the Supreme Court. "So I can't even tell you about them right now on this show", Klobuchar said.

Despite the Democratic grievances, Graham predicted Kavanaugh would be confirmed, calling him "the one person I think every Republican president would see is the most qualified of their generation". After all, 71% of voters support Roe v. Wade, while Only 37% approve of a Brett Kavanaugh confirmation.

Because of the razor-thin margin in the Senate, the focus is on the 10 Democrats running for re-election in 2018 in states that Trump won just two years ago.

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