Klobuchar says Kavanaugh’s confirmation is not normal

04 September, 2018, 05:45 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • President Trump with Brett Kavanaugh and his family his Supreme Court nominee in the East Room of the White House in July

Almost 450,000 pages of records have been turned over so far to the Judiciary Committee - equivalent to the total for the past five high court nominees combined - yet Democrats say Mr. Bush and Mr. Trump have deemed more than 100,000 pages "committee confidential".

Most independent Supreme Court analysts predict, based on hundreds of decisions that Kavanaugh has written at the appellate court level, that Kavanaugh, if confirmed, would most often side with conservatives, rather than provide the swing vote that Kennedy often did on key issues favoring liberal interpretations of US law.

So will special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing probe, as Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats ready a rapid-fire line of questioning for Kavanaugh about his views of executive power - including the federal appellate judge's past writings opining that presidents should not face the "burden" of cooperating with criminal investigations and prosecutions.

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.

Schumer said the decision to withhold the documents 'has all the makings of a cover-up. The major portion of the documents withheld for privilege "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". 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.

The office of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said in a statement that the lawmaker "has expanded access to confidential material beyond that for any other Supreme Court nominee".

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

"I think that you could ask some very interesting questions about these documents that I'm unable to even say", she said.

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

"The Democrats have more than enough information to understand that this is a highly qualified jurist that should be the next Supreme Court justice", said Republican Sen.

One of the main issues Kavanaugh will be questioned on is the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case, which gave women the right to have an abortion.

Because of the razor-thin margin in the Senate, the focus is on the 10 Democrats running for re-election in 2018 in states that Trump won just two years ago.


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