The Trump administration is refusing to share more than 100,000 pages from Brett Kavanaugh’s professional records. The documents in question were part of the judge’s time serving the Bush White House and the GOP says the documents are protected under presidential privilege.
On Friday, George W. Bush’s attorney, Bill Burck, told the Senate Judiciary Committee that all requested documents had been compiled. Bush’s attorney said the former President told his team to err “on the side of transparency and disclosure, and we believe we have done so.”
The Trump Administration didn’t agree with the transparency request and “has directed that we not provide these documents” the attorney noted.
Approximately 267,000 pages of Kavanaugh documents from his time serving Bush will be released with the remaining 100,000 documents remaining classified.
Kavanaugh has worked for the federal government for years and that work has generated approximately six to seven million pages of records. In an attempt at government obstruction, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) requested that only about 900,000 of pages of the millions available be made available to Congress.
Among the documents being withheld is information about Brett Kavanaugh’s attempts to cap 9/11 terrorist attack payouts to victims of families at $500,000.
Of the documents released to Congress, even fewer have been made available to the public with only 260,000 released to date.
The GOP is attempting to push Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination through Congress before Democrats potentially gain control following the 2018 mid-term elections. If Kavanaugh is confirmed, his conservative stances could potentially affect the U.S. Supreme Court for years.
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