Brett Kavanaugh has Democrats in 'nuclear option' regret

President Trump with Brett Kavanaugh and his family his Supreme Court nominee in the East Room of the White House in July
President Trump with Brett Kavanaugh and his family his Supreme Court nominee in the East Room of the White House in July

04 September, 2018

President Donald Trump has stepped in last minute to block the release of more than 100,000 pages of documents related to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's time in the White House under the Bush administration, according to the New York Times.

Trump nominated Kavanaugh to be a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on July 9. "If we are lucky we will see 6 percent of all of the documents ... that could be produced to reflect on Kavanaugh's true position on issues".

With his decades of work as a Washington power player - as a Bush lawyer, White House Staff Secretary, and then Appeals Court judge - Kavanaugh sports an extensive paper trail, a history Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell anxious about before President Trump nominated him.

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.

"The White House, after consultation with the Department of Justice, has directed that we not provide these documents for this reason", it said.

Schumer said the decision to withhold the documents 'has all the makings of a cover-up. 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.

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White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah said Schumer's claim was "entirely incorrect", saying the Senate Judiciary Committee requested access to "any non-privileged Presidential record". Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, raised concerns over more than 140,000 pages of material that have been made available to senators but not to the public.

Asked if the documents she's seen would actually raise doubts about Kavanaugh's ability to be fair, Klobuchar said it would "strongly bolster the arguments that [she] could make".

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

Democrats will likely try to portray Kavanaugh as someone too tied to Trump and who will push a conservative agenda on the high court. After all, 71% of voters support Roe v. Wade, while Only 37% approve of a Brett Kavanaugh confirmation.

Democratic Senators Joe Donnelly in Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota and Joe Manchin in West Virginia all face tough re-election battles in November in states Trump won easily in the 2016 election and could face pressure from voters to approve the Trump court selection.

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