Klobuchar says Kavanaugh’s confirmation is not normal

Posted September 04, 2018

Democrats on Sunday criticized the Trump administration for refusing to release thousands of documents on Brett Kavanaugh ahead of this week's upcoming Senate hearings on his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

High-stakes confirmation hearings kick off Tuesday in the Senate for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's pick to succeed swing-vote Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Before serving in the Bush White House, Kavanaugh had been a key deputy to Independent Counsel Ken Starr and advocated for tough questioning of President Bill Clinton about his sexual encounters with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Some left-wing activists have been urging Senate Democrats to walk out in protest because they feel Democrats have not had enough time to review all of Kavanaugh's documents, but Biden reportedly said during a Pittsburgh Labor Day parade that Democrats should "stay in the room, demand answers and keep pointing out that they have not given the material that was expected to the committee".

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Republicans have dismissed Democrats' concerns over lack of access to portions of the record on Kavanaugh's background, arguing their criticism is politically motivated.

The documents in question were part of the judge's time serving the Bush White House and the GOP says the documents are protected under presidential privilege.

The Department of Justice and the White House said it had identified the documents to be within "constitutional privilege", Burck wrote in the letter, which was released by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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", Schumer said in a statement on Saturday.

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Most of the records not published "reflect deliberations and candid advice concerning the selection and nomination of judicial candidates, the confidentiality of which is critical to any president's ability to carry out this core constitutional executive function", said Burck, who was appointed by Bush.

"If we just walked out, it would simply be one side asking the questions", Klobuchar told NBC's "Meet the Press".

She also said there were "148,000 documents that I've seen that you cannot see because they will not allow us to make them public so I can't even tell you about them right now on this show".

However, Senator Lindsey Graham claimed that Kavanaugh may change the status quo of Roe v. Wade if given the opportunity.

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Because of the razor-thin margin in the Senate, the focus is on the 10 Democrats running for re-election in 2018 in states that Trump won just two years ago.