U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) joined 17 of their Democratic colleagues in calling on the White House to make Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s complete White House record available to the Senate and the public.
“We owe it to the American people to evaluate Supreme Court nominees in an open, transparent and fair process,” the senators said in their letter raising concerns over the way information has been released on the U.S. Supreme Court nominee.
In addition to Senators Murray and Cantwell, U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Ed Markey (D-MA), Tom Carper (D-DE), Doug Jones (D-AL), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tom Udall (D-NM), Angus King (I-ME), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Mark Warner (D-VA), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) signed the letter.
“The lack of complete information associated with this nomination is unprecedented and threatens to undermine the public’s confidence in a fair and impartial judiciary,” the letter said.
“To date, members of the Judiciary Committee have seen only 7 percent of Judge Kavanaugh’s White House record. In comparison, the Senate had access to 99 percent of Justice Kagan’s White House record prior to her confirmation. Last week, a Bush White House attorney directed over 100,000 pages from Judge Kavanaugh’s work in the White House Counsel’s Office to be withheld based on ‘constitutional privilege.’
“And just hours before this week’s hearing, the White House released 42,000 additional pages of his record to the Judiciary Committee. Meanwhile, 186,000 pages of documents that were made available to the Senate are being withheld from public view.”
“The rush and secrecy has left us to wonder what the White House is withholding from the American people,” the senators continued. “It should make the documents available for review.”