Republicans Are Refusing To Share 100,000 Kavanaugh Documents Ahead Of His Confirmation

Republicans Are Refusing To Share 100,000 Kavanaugh Documents Ahead Of His Confirmation

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.

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"It's not normal because we are not able to see 100,000 documents because the administration has said we can't see them, exerting their executive power", Klobuchar said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

Republicans brushed aside the complaints and prepared to welcome Judge Kavanaugh to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for his appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where the fate of his nomination will be decided.

Klobuchar and others have questioned Kavanaugh's views on presidential power and have argued for documents from his time in the Bush administration to be made public so that they can vet those views.

"We're witnessing a Friday night document massacre", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wrote on Twitter on Saturday, a nod to Richard Nixon's 1973 "Saturday Night Massacre" during the Watergate scandal.

According to the letter, most of those documents withheld are about "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 executive function". 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.

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Sen. Dick Durbin of IL, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate and also a member of the Judiciary Committee, said on "FOX News Sunday" that they'd be lucky to see six percent of all the documents out there.

"President 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", he said in a statement.

To prepare for the hearing, Kavanaugh has participated in private rehearsals coordinated by the White House Counsel's Office, which have included more than a dozen participants - government lawyers, conservative academics, some of his former law clerks and even several senators. "Only one senator has taken him up on this offer, and the requested documents have since been publicly released at Grassley's request".

But Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said it's "much more powerful" if Democrats stay and ask tough questions of the nominee.

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

There are also two Republican senators on the radar: Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, both of whom are pro-choice.

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