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

Sep 04, 2018, 03:26
Democrats decry 'Friday night document massacre' as White House withholds Kavanaugh docs

Add Supreme Court as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Supreme Court news, video, and analysis from ABC News. President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, officiates at the swearing-in of Judge Britt Grant to take a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta at the U.S. District Courthouse in Washington.

In a letter sent on Friday to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Iowa Sen.

Kavanaugh, who has been tapped by President Trump to replace Anthony Kennedy on the nation's highest court, served in the White House Counsel's office during the Bush administration.

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Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called it "a Friday night document massacre".

In his letter, Burck defined the withheld documents as those that "reflect deliberations and candid advice concerning the selection of judicial candidates" as well as advice submitted directly to Bush, substantive communications between White House staff about discussions with the President and "substantive deliberative discussions relating to or about executive orders or legislation considered by the Executive Office".

Democrats and Republicans have been arguing over the release of the documents for multiple weeks, according to the New York Times. Some presidential records were withheld because they are "protected by constitutional privilege", according to Burck. 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.

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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. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, raised concerns over more than 140,000 pages of material that have been made available to senators but not to the public.

Democrats seemed to realize they are fighting a losing battle after attacks on the judge's personal finances and his activities while in the Bush White House fell short. "But it happened because we were so frustrated because President Obama wasn't able to get his nominees, but I think we would have been in a better place now", she said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

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".

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