Trump administration withholds 100,000 pages of Kavanaugh records

High court pick Kavanaugh and his carefully constructed life

High court pick Kavanaugh and his carefully constructed life

The Trump administration is withholding 100,000 pages of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's records from the Senate, citing executive privilege, according to a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, CNN reported.

The confirmation hearings are set to start on Tuesday and will go through the week.

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.

Lawmakers know the public is watching, but as the nomination hearing gets going and lawmakers seek to probe the nominee's views, they often slip into using legal jargon and refer to past Supreme Court cases in shorthand. The prospect has alarmed liberals but Democratic senators have few options to block it. Klobuchar told NBC she would like to see the 60-vote threshold for supreme court nominees restored, but doubted it would be.

"I don't think we should have made that change when we look back at it".

Viewers just tuning into the battle over the 53-year-old appellate judge's nomination should expect to see Kavanaugh portrayed by fellow Republicans as a principled jurist who has no preconceived ideas about the law. What are they trying so desperately to hide?' In a release, the committee pointed out that Grassley had promised to facilitate the release of another set of documents, now available only to members, if senators keep their requests targeted to specific documents.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican and Judiciary Committee chairman, said he would work with any senator who requests that some of those confidential documents be cleared for the public.

"It would certainly bolster the arguments I could make", Klobuchar said.

Kavanaugh's confirmation is complicated by the sheer number of emails that exist during his years in the White House. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGraham: Ivanka Trump's "very nice" comments about McCain "not unnoticed by the family" McCain laid to rest in Annapolis McCain's body arrives in Annapolis for burial MORE (R-Ariz.).

The judge was deeply skeptical of Congress' ability to impose restrictions, calling limits on outside groups "blatantly unconstitutional" - a position the Supreme Court eventually took as well when it struck down the restrictions.

"Democrats have more than enough information to understand that this is a highly qualified jurist that should be the next Supreme Court justice", Wisconsin U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican, said in an interview on ABC's "This Week".

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