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Democrats on Saturday slammed what they described as a “Friday night document massacre” according to the White house withheld more than 100,000 pages of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s records, citing presidential privilege.
Ex-President George W. Bush’s attorney, Bill Burck, said the Senate Judiciary Committee in a letter on Friday that it completed most of its work ahead of next week’s scheduled hearing.
Kavanaugh, who has been tapped by President Trump to replace Anthony Kennedy the nation’s highest court, served in the White House Counsel’s office during the Bush administration.
The letter said that Bush she said, “go quickly and be wrong as much as is appropriate on the side of transparency and disclosure, and we believe that we have done, are doing. on the side of transparency and disclosure.”
But the letter said that the White house and the justice Department, conducting its own examination of the presidential records “have been identified, certain documents of the type traditionally protected by the constitutional privilege.”
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“The White house, after consultation with the Ministry of justice, has directed that we said these documents for this reason”.
According to the letter, most of these documents are being withheld on “consultations and honest advice in the selection and nomination of judicial candidates, the confidentiality of which is crucial for all the president’ s ability to perform this core task for management.”
The rest of the documents include recommendations to Bush, the communication between the employees about communications with Bush, and discussion of rulings or laws, he was superior.
Senate majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, blasted the withholdings.
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He said: “We are witnesses of a Friday-night document massacre. President Trump the decision of the step at the last moment and don’t hide 100,000 pages judge Kavanaugh is the records of the American public only unprecedented in the history of the Supreme Court nomination, it has all the credentials to be a cover-up.”
Schumer added: “to keep the Republicans in the Senate, and the President of the United States, collusion judge Kavanaugh’s records secret, and tried to hide their actions from the American people by it on the Friday night of a holiday weekend. What you are trying to hide so desperately?”
Schumer’s office said it was the first time in history a President has used to block executive privilege, the release of presidential records to the Senate during a Supreme Court nomination. It is also claimed that the Senate only has Kavanaugh 6 per cent (415,000 pages) ‘ s White House records.
The office of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said in a statement that the legislature “has been nominated for expanded access to confidential material in addition to any other Supreme Court.”
To help “Grassley also offered to facilitate the publication of certain confidential records that the members want to discuss during the open session of the hearing,” his office said. “Only one senator has taken him, up on the offer, and the requested documents have since the time of the publication of on the Grassley.”
In terms of quantity, Grassley’s office said it has significantly more documents of the Executive material than in the case of the last nominations. He said that 440,500 documents have been prepared, differ in terms of Kavanaugh, compared with 182,000 for justice Neil from gorsuch, 173,000 for justice Elena Kagan, and only 6,350 for justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Fox News’ Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Adam Shaw is a reporter covering the American and European politics for Fox News.. He can be reached.