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

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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.

White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah responded on Twitter to Schumer by saying that the Senate Judiciary Committee requested access to "non privileged" presidential records.

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".

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley's office countered that significantly more documents of executive branch material have been provided than was the case with past nominees.

Burck said in the letter that 101,921 pages are not being given to the committee because the White House believes they are protected by presidential privilege and, after discussions with the Justice Department, "has directed that we not provide these documents for this reason".

Democrats have been frustrated by the fact that they have been unable to see documents from Kavanaugh's time working as a staff secretary for former President George W. Bush.

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Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called it "a Friday night document massacre". "What are they trying so desperately to hide?" "But it happened because we were so frustrated because President Obama wasn't able to get his nominees, but I think we would have been in a better place now", she said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

"If Brett Kavanaugh is appointed to the Supreme Court, he will undoubtedly be the deciding vote to gut Roe v. Wade and criminalize abortion, bringing us back to a dark chapter in this country's history that forced women into unsafe, illegal abortion", said Karin Roland, Chief Campaigns Officer of UltraViolet.

Trump is under investigation by the special counsel, Robert Mueller, regarding Russian election interference, links between Trump aides and Moscow and potential obstruction of justice.

In remarks on "Fox News Sunday" about high court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's position of the ruling that legalizes abortion, the South Carolina Republican said he "wouldn't vote for anybody that says that every decision [of] the Supreme Court can not be revisited... through a process... of overturning long precedent".

Meanwhile, Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT said Republicans are "cherry-picking" Kavanaugh's records, which he called a "disservice to the American people", according to the Associated Press.

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