Published: Tue, September 04, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Kavanaugh supreme court nomination not 'normal', says Senate Democrat

Kavanaugh supreme court nomination not 'normal', says Senate Democrat

4, the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin confirmation hearings for President Trump's latest Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

Liberal activists have warned that a vote for Kavanaugh could mean an end to protections for abortion rights and would establish an "imperial presidency" with no checks on Trump. President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, officiates at the swearing-in of Judge Britt Grant to take a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta at the U.S. District Courthouse in Washington.

Sen. Dick Durbin of IL, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate and also a member of the Judiciary Committee, said on "FOX News Sunday" that they'd be lucky to see six percent of all the documents out there.

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee that will question Kavanaugh in the hearings expected to start Tuesday.

"President Bush directed us to proceed expeditiously and to err as much as appropriate on the side of transparency and disclosure, and we believe we have done so", attorney Bill Burck, who serves as Bush's presidential records representative, wrote to the committee.

That decision, relayed in a letter late Friday, just days before confirmation hearings are set to begin Tuesday, is a move top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer of NY called a "Friday night document massacre".

Schumer, New York Democrat, even accused former President George W. Bush of complicity, saying he used his powers to block access to tens of thousands of pages of records from Judge Kavanaugh's time in the Bush White House.

He said the records were provided to the Department of Justice for "an independent assessment of its proper categorization and treatment", after which the White House directed the documents not be provided to the committee.

"President Trump's decision to step in at the last moment and hide 100,000 pages of Judge Kavanaugh's records from the American public is not only unprecedented in the history of Supreme Court nominations, it has all the makings of a cover-up".

"Judge Kavanaugh, an associate and senior associate White House counsel, dealt with some of the most sensitive communications of any White House official", Burck wrote. "This is not normal", Klobuchar told Chuck Todd on Meet the Press Sunday morning.

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". If confirmed, he'd cement a conservative majority at the high court.

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