Democrats Cry Foul Over Release of Kavanaugh Documents, Despite Precedent Set With Kagan

Washington Free Beacon | 8/14/2018 | Jack Heretik
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BY: Jack Heretik

Senate Democrats are complaining about the source of documents pertaining to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, saying they won't accept the records unless they are produced by the National Archives, but Democrats didn't have a problem with documents coming from another source when it came to Justice Elena Kagan's confirmation in 2010.

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Democrats have expressed concern that William A. Burck, a former colleague of Kavanaugh's in the George W. Bush administration, has provided copies of documents instead of the records coming directly from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), which has stated it will take months, and in some cases years, to produce its copies for the Senate to review. The materials in question are a collection of data and documents relating to Kavanaugh’s service in the White House Counsel’s Office during the Bush administration. The nominee served as staff secretary in the administration from 2003 to 2006.

The documents are being released by Burck as Bush's Presidential Records Act representative, a position he has served in since 2009. The lawyer noted in a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) that the records were originally provided to the Bush administration from NARA.

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On behalf of former President of the United States George W. Bush, we enclose an initial production of 45,083 documents totaling 125,035 pages from the presidential records of the Bush Administration. These documents were collected from data and documents relating to Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s service in the White House Counsel’s Office during the Bush Administration that were provided by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

Burck also noted Bush is under no obligation to release the documents. The records in question would not ordinarily become public without Bush's consent until 2021 under the Presidential Records Act.

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"President Bush is under no obligation to...
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