Published: Tue, September 04, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Trump administration withholds 100K Kavanaugh pages

Trump administration withholds 100K Kavanaugh pages

The judge was deeply skeptical of Congress' ability to impose restrictions, calling limits on outside groups "blatantly unconstitutional" - a position the Supreme Court eventually took as well when it struck down the restrictions.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) criticized Republicans on Sunday for the unprecedented way they are conducting the confirmation process for Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court.

If Kavanaugh is confirmed, his conservative stances could potentially affect the U.S. Supreme Court for years.

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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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.

The Senate judiciary committee was notified of the decision to withhold documents on Friday.

The Trump administration is citing presidential privilege, ahead of confirmation hearings that begin on Tuesday.

Republicans have dismissed Democrats' concerns over lack of access to portions of the record on Kavanaugh's background, arguing their criticism is politically motivated. Some presidential records were withheld because they are "protected by constitutional privilege", according to Burck.

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"If Brett Kavanaugh is appointed to the Supreme Court, he will undoubtedly be the deciding vote to gut Roe v. Wade and criminalize abortion, bringing us back to a dark chapter in this country's history that forced women into unsafe, illegal abortion", said Karin Roland, Chief Campaigns Officer of UltraViolet. Unite in opposition? Boycott the hearing?

Most Senate Democrats have said they'd like to delay the nomination, but they don't have the power to do so. But Reagan ultimately allowed senators to review a smaller batch of Rehnquist documents to break the impasse, according to the Congressional Research Service. But Burck's team of 50 lawyers have led a separate process because the sheer volume of Kavanaugh's papers would make it essentially impossible for Archives officials to finish reviewing the documents in time to get Kavanaugh confirmed by October 1, when the Supreme Court convenes for its fall term. "What are they trying so desperately to hide?"

Burck noted that so far, the Archives has agreed with the "vast majority" of how Burck's team has categorized Kavanaugh's documents.

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