Aug 29 2018
Republicans are working overtime to keep information on President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, hidden from the public.
Currently, Senate Republicans are refusing to release hundreds of thousands of documents on Brett Kavanaugh’s record. Specifically, they are withholding documents from Kavanaugh’s time as White House counsel during the Bush Administration.
This type of suppression is unprecedented. How are we, as Senators, supposed to carry out our constitutional duty of advice and consent on this president’s Supreme Court nominee without vital information on his career? Even Brett Kavanaugh himself referred to his time in the White House as “the most instructive.” That should be enough in and of itself to allow us to see these crucial documents.
Are they afraid of the what we already know? What we’ve seen is that Brett Kavanaugh will work to bolster corporations over people and gut some of the most fundamental American rights. How do we know this? His judicial record.
And if his public record is this bad, imagine what they’re working so hard to hide from us.
If we’re considering a lifetime appointment, the American people deserve the whole picture.
It’s why on Friday, as the top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee, I demanded all documents related to Brett Kavanaugh’s environmental record from Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
I also led a group of my colleagues on the Senate floor to sound the alarm on his dangerous agenda.
We must see Brett Kavanaugh’s full record, and I’ll continue fighting to make sure that we do. Too much is stake.