Trump to withhold 100,000 pages of Kavanaugh’s White House records
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Sep 04, 2018,
Sep 04, 2018, 3:27
President Donald Trump will not release more than 100,000 pages of records from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's tenure in the George W. Bush White House, claiming they would be covered by executive privilege.
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.
Kavanaugh is likely to take the same approach when grilled on other hot-button issues, including abortion, affirmative action, federal regulatory authority, the death penalty, immigration and voting rights.
In Kavanaugh's case, Republicans are circumventing the normal vetting process for Supreme Court nominees by in order to have him confirmed by October 1, the start of the court's new term. Republicans have not requested documents from Kavanaugh's time as staff secretary and have only requested papers from when Kavanaugh worked as a White House lawyer.
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". Most of the documents "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", Burck wrote.
In all, 267,000 pages of Kavanaugh documents from his Bush years are being made public. They showed a fascinating conversation in March 2002 between Judge Kavanaugh, at the time a White House lawyer, and colleagues about the constitutionality of campaign finance laws as Congress was debating a bill pushed by Sens.
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President Trump said today at the White House he's actually doing the opposite. "There's no silence", Trump said. McRaven is also famous for his "Make Your Bed" Commencement Address at University of Texas at Austin in 2014 .
Schumer called the "last moment" decision by President Trump "unprecedented in the history of [Supreme Court nominations]" and said it had "all the makings of a cover up". 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.
Kavanaugh's confirmation is complicated by the sheer number of emails that exist during his years in the White House.
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. On Meet the Press on Sunday, Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar said that she had seen documents that raise "some very interesting questions" about the nominee, but which she was not allowed to discuss because of restrictions imposed by Republicans.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., blasted the withholdings.
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".