White House withholds 100,000 pages of Kavanaugh's records

Geraldine Edwards
September 4, 2018

Meanwhile, Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT said Republicans are "cherry-picking" Kavanaugh's records, which he called a "disservice to the American people", according to the Associated Press.

Approximately 267,000 pages of Kavanaugh documents from his time serving Bush will be released with the remaining 100,000 documents remaining classified.

In remarks on "Fox News Sunday" about high court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's position of the ruling that legalizes abortion, the South Carolina Republican said he "wouldn't vote for anybody that says that every decision [of] the Supreme Court can not be revisited... through a process... of overturning long precedent".

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. "So I can't even tell you about them right now on this show", Klobuchar said.

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"There is a serious question as to whether this president, given the opportunity, will end the Mueller investigation, something which most Republicans and the overwhelming majority of Americans say would be a serious mistake", Sen.

"I think it's much more powerful if we go in there and ask the questions".

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. "What are they trying so desperately to hide?" Senate Democrats have been sparring for weeks with Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, over how many documents from Kavanaugh's past Democrats are allowed access to.

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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Ms. Klobuchar was the only senator to make such a request, he said - and those documents were released Friday.

Kavanaugh's confirmation is complicated by the sheer number of emails that exist during his years in the White House. "If it were up to me, states would make these decisions ― not the Supreme Court".

A senior Senate Democratic aide said Democrats believe this would be the first time a sitting president exerted privilege under the records law to prevent disclosure of presidential documents to Congress, citing their conversations with National Archives officials.

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