Democrats slam White House for withholding documents on Supreme Court nominee

President Trump with Brett Kavanaugh and his family his Supreme Court nominee in the East Room of the White House in July

The supreme court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh has not been "normal", a Democrat on the Senate judiciary committee said on Sunday, because the Trump administration is withholding more than 100,000 pages of records concerning the judge's time as an aide in the White House of George W Bush.

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Sen. Dick Durbin of IL, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate and also a member of the Judiciary Committee, said on "FOX News Sunday" that they'd be lucky to see six percent of all the documents out there.

The White House chose to hide these documents, citing executive privilege as its rationale, said William Burck, the head of a team of lawyers who reviewed some 664,000 pages of Kavanaugh-related documents housed in Bush's presidential library.

Senate Democrats have been infuriated that Republicans have requested documents just from Kavanaugh's two years as associate White House counsel as the Senate reviews the nominee's record.

"President Bush directed us to proceed expeditiously and to err as much as appropriate on the side of transparency and disclosure, and we believe we have done so", attorney Bill Burck, who serves as Bush's presidential records representative, wrote to the committee.

Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, said in an interview aired on "Fox News Sunday" that the White House's citation of privilege on the documents was the first time that had occurred.

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Democrats seemed to realize they are fighting a losing battle after attacks on the judge's personal finances and his activities while in the Bush White House fell short.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called it 'a Friday night document massacre'.

Of the documents released to Congress, even fewer have been made available to the public with only 260,000 released to date.

Asked if the documents she's seen would actually raise doubts about Kavanaugh's ability to be fair, Klobuchar said it would "strongly bolster the arguments that [she] could make".

"This may be the latest and most dramatic breach in the process, but we already knew it was a sham, broken at every step along the way", said Kang, who is now with Demand Justice, an advocacy group working to defeat Kavanaugh and other conservative judicial nominees.

Kavanaugh must win a majority of the 100-seat Senate to approve his nomination.

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