Sep 01, 2018
With the Senate Judiciary Committee set to hold its first confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump's right-wing Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday, the Trump White House reportedly directed on Friday that over 100,000 pages of documents from Kavanaugh's tenure as an associate White House counsel under former President George W. Bush be withheld from senators.
According to a letter notifying Senate leaders of Trump's directive, which was obtained by Buzzfeed, the White House has decided to withhold documents "including advice on judicial nominations and "advice submitted directly to President Bush; substantive communications between White House staff about communications with President Bush; and substantive, deliberative discussions relating to or about executive orders or legislation considered by the Executive Office of the President."
"In total," Buzzfeed continued, "27,110 of Brett Kavanaugh's documents from his time in the White House counsel's office under Bush--101,921 pages--are not being turned over to senators considering his Supreme Court nomination at the direction of the Trump administration."
Activists and legal experts reacted to Friday's news with outrage, arguing the move is further evidence that the White House is working to suppress elements of Kavanaugh's record, which has already been panned as anti-environment, anti-reproductive rights, anti-worker, and thoroughly pro-corporate.
Additionally, according to documents that were released on Friday, Kavanaugh has suggested that limits on individual contributions to political campaigns have "some constitutional problems."
"Read this. Be outraged. Call your senators," Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, declared in response to Buzzfeed's report. "And continue asking, over and over: #WhatAreTheyHiding from the American people?"
\u201cRead this. Be outraged. Call your senators. And continue asking, over and over: #WhatAreTheyHiding from the American people? https://t.co/VimIuD5gsQ\u201d— Vanita Gupta (@Vanita Gupta) 1535810515
Despite the secrecy surrounding Kavanaugh's record as well as his quite public right-wing positions, the Democratic caucus has still failed to fully unite against the judge.
According to the Whip the Vote, a coalition of advocacy groups mobilizing against Kavanaugh, 22 Democrats and Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) still have not vowed to oppose Trump's Supreme Court pick.
\u201cMAKE CALLS. Call your Senator and not just once - call them. Every. Single. Day. Make it impossible for them to ignore what the vast majority of their constituents want\u2014which is to #StopKavanaugh. \u260e\ufe0f 1-844-515-2798 \u260e\ufe0f\u201d— NARAL (@NARAL) 1535760585
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