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Kavanaugh supreme court nomination not 'normal', says Senate Democrat

04 September 2018

Democrats on Saturday slammed what they described as a "Friday night document massacre" after the White House withheld more than 100,000 pages of Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh's records, citing presidential privilege.

Trump nominated Kavanaugh in June to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States until he retired this year.

Democrats have been frustrated by the fact that they have been unable to see documents from Kavanaugh's time working as a staff secretary for former President George W. Bush.

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

"President Trump's decision to step in at the last moment and hide 100k pages of Judge Kavanaugh's records from the American public is not only unprecedented in the history of SCOTUS noms, it has all the makings of a cover up", Schumer wrote. The committee has had access to more than 415,000 pages on Kavanaugh's background, the lawyer said in the letter. Rather than wait on the National Archives to produce the millions of documents relating to Kavanaugh's record, Republicans have relied on a group of lawyers for Bush to review documents ― a parallel and partisan effort that a National Archives official has described as "something that has never happened before".

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"The most significant portion of these 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.

"If we just walked out, it would simply be one side asking the questions", Klobuchar told NBC's "Meet the Press".

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.

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The constitutional limits of executive power - including whether presidents must comply with federal subpoenas or if they can be called to testify or be indicted - have yet to be settled by the high court, making Kavanaugh's views on the matter a point of keen interest for Democrats. After all, 71% of voters support Roe v. Wade, while Only 37% approve of a Brett Kavanaugh confirmation.

Kavanaugh supreme court nomination not 'normal', says Senate Democrat