U.S. Agency Says Trump, Bush Can Review Kavanaugh Records Request

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The U.S. agency responsible for preserving government records said on Wednesday that President Donald Trump and former President George W. Bush can review a request by House Democrats for the records of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Two Democrats from the House Judiciary Committee, including Chairman Jerrold Nadler, asked the National Archives on Tuesday for records from Kavanaugh’s time in the Bush White House, saying the panel needs the information as it considers a “code of conduct” for Supreme Court justices.

Kavanaugh was nominated by Trump last year and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, after televised hearings dominated by allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman in 1982. Kavanaugh forcefully denied the allegations.

The National Archives and Records Administration, or NARA, said on Wednesday that it will respond to the Democrats’ request under a federal statute that requires “notification to the incumbent and former presidents so that they can review for constitutionally-based privileges.”

The White House declined to comment. The House Judiciary Committee had no immediate comment. Officials at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas were not immediately available to comment.

Nadler and Representative Hank Johnson, who chairs a House Judiciary subcommittee, asked for records from Kavanaugh’s time in the White House counsel’s office from 2001 to 2003 and as White House staff secretary from 2003 to 2006. The list includes documents that were not available to the Senate Judiciary Committee before it recommended Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

The lawmakers said their request is important as the Supreme Court prepares to consider cases in the coming year that involve civil rights, criminal justice, immigration, reproductive rights, separation of powers and executive authority.

The committee’s top Republican criticized the request as harassment and said Democrats were pursuing a smear campaign against Kavanaugh.

The Supreme Court did not respond to Reuters queries seeking comment on the request for Kavanaugh’s records.

(Reporting by David Morgan; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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General Confusion
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“Because they are truly trying to make a better life for their constituents!”

How? Give me your best examples from 2019 of Republicans trying to better our lives. This I have got to see!

Until I see them, I will remain confused.

Patti Harrison
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These demoncrats must know by now that we have lost all respect for the congress and the senate democrats, I would rate them lower than zero percent! But the republicans who are in the congress and senate trying to make a difference, I would give them a score of 80 percent!!!! Because they are truly trying to make a better life for their constituents!

Otis
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This is more ridiculous Dumbocrat crap as they cry over spilt milk.

Mark Simmons
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“saying the panel needs the information as it considers a “code of conduct” for Supreme Court justices.”

This is another lie by Nadler and the other Democrats on this committee. If this is what they were doing they’d be requesting the records of Justice Sotomayor, who served in the Obama White House before being nominated to the Supreme Court. But they have not. Only Kavenaugh. These Democrats are dirty rotten liars who are abusing their powers as members of Congress.

TotheCorps
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TotheCorps

And the Dems continue the divide. You’re getting real close to the fort Sumpter repeat.

Cherl
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More absurdity from the pitiful Nadler and Johnson. Bush is retired and minding his own business and President Trump has other things on his mind. And could get even more accomplished if these little buzzing gnats would move on. Judge Kavanaugh has been confirmed and vindicated. Gnat-ler is obsessed and still getting paid for that obsession

william jackson
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No Nads goes fishing again
No Nads forgets to bring a fishing pole—–again

Joey
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Joey

Could the voters in America have a class action lawsuit against these people in the House for wasting taxpayer money on useless witch hunts while not doing their jobs as legislators? I know one thing we can vote them out.

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