Democrats decry 'Friday night document massacre' as White House withholds Kavanaugh docs

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With his decades of work as a Washington power player - as a Bush lawyer, White House Staff Secretary, and then Appeals Court judge - Kavanaugh sports an extensive paper trail, a history Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell anxious about before President Trump nominated him.

Last month, Kavanaugh told Collins he believed the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision was "settled law" - a comment she was pleased with, but that many Democrats and abortion rights organizations called vague and unimpressive.

"I don't think we should have made that change when we look back at it".

"Special Report" host Bret Baier and "The Story" host Martha MacCallum anchor special coverage starting at 9:15am ET as Kavanaugh appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill.

President Donald Trump will not release more than 100,000 pages of records from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's tenure in the George W. Bush White House, claiming they would be covered by executive privilege. "We're going to have a hearing and there's no drama in this hearing", he said.

Kavanaugh worked for independent counsel Ken Starr during the investigation of Bill Clinton but has questioned the extent to which sitting presidents can be investigated.

Republicans, who hold just a 51-seat majority in the Senate, are quick to point to the public career of Kavanaugh and the hundreds of thousands of documents provided that show his stances on different issues.

Most independent Supreme Court analysts predict, based on hundreds of decisions that Kavanaugh has written at the appellate court level, that Kavanaugh, if confirmed, would most often side with conservatives, rather than provide the swing vote that Kennedy often did on key issues favoring liberal interpretations of US law.

Republicans said Democrats are reaching for objections.

Burck said he has given the committee "every reviewable" document that he received except those that fell into exemptions that included "presidential records protected by constitutional privilege".

Kavanaugh's confirmation is complicated by the sheer number of emails that exist during his years in the White House. "Why are Republicans hiding his records from this time period?"

Democrats are expected to vote overwhelmingly against Kavanaugh's nomination, although three Democratic senators who voted for Trump's first high court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, have yet to voice opposition or support for Kavanaugh, pending the confirmation hearing.

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. In addition, Trump officials say they will not release 101,921 pages of Kavanaugh-related records to the panel because of the sensitivity of the communications.



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