Trump Administration Withholds 100K Kavanaugh Pages

High court pick Kavanaugh and his carefully constructed life

High court pick Kavanaugh and his carefully constructed life

The Trump administration is refusing to share more than 100,000 pages from Brett Kavanaugh's professional records.

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The questioning is expected to be grueling, with Kavanaugh likely being pressed on his views on a bevy of legal issues, including executive power, reproductive rights, gun violence and privacy.

Burck said in the letter that 101,921 pages are not being given to the committee because the White House believes they are protected by presidential privilege and, after discussions with the Justice Department, "has directed that we not provide these documents for this reason".

President Barack Obama did not claim privilege on any of the documents involving now-Justice Elena Kagan, the last Supreme Court nominee to have served in a White House, according to Christopher Kang, who was a deputy counsel under Obama.

The documents in question, he wrote, "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".

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.

"Republicans in the Senate and the president of the United States are colluding to keep Judge Kavanaugh's records secret and trying to hide their actions from the American people by doing it on the Friday night of a holiday weekend", Schumer said.

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.

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Kavanaugh's record of court opinions shows he is a conservative thinker opposed to abortion and supportive of corporations against government regulation.

"It would certainly bolster the arguments I could make", Klobuchar said.

Fox News Channel's coverage of the hearing will continue Wednesday and Thursday as the senators question Kavanaugh.

Another Democratic Judiciary Committee member, Sen.

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. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin on ABC's "This Week" Sunday.

Sen. Ron Johnson makes an opening statement prior to hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on August 21, 2018.

Republicans have spoken positively about Kavanaugh, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, while a number of Democrats have expressed opposition to his nomination.

Kavanaugh will be able to pass confirmation on a simple party-line vote. Joe Donnelly of IN and Sen.

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.

There are also two Republican senators on the radar: Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, both of whom are pro-choice. After all, 71% of voters support Roe v. Wade, while Only 37% approve of a Brett Kavanaugh confirmation.

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