President Trump will not publish more than 100,000 pages of Brett M. Kavanaugh's record in the White House of George W. Bush claiming the executive's privilege.
The White House ruling was released in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday before Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings next week. A representative of Bush, who led a team of lawyers examining Kavanaugh's papers, confirmed that the lawyers read the documents and handed over some 415,000 pages to the committee, even though approximately 147,000 of these pages are withheld from the public.
President Bush has instructed us to act swiftly and to mislead as much as possible on the side of transparency and disclosure, and we believe we have done so, "wrote attorney Bill Burck, who represented Bush for the  Burck said in the letter that 101,921 pages are not distributed to the committee because the White House believes that they are protected by privileges of the president and have "instructed" after discussions with the Ministry of Justice That's why we do not provide these documents. "
The Presidential Records Act allows both the former government and the current White House to claim privileges for presidential documents, a White House spokesman Raj Shah said on Saturday that he will let the letter, first reported by the Associated Press, speak for itself.
"Judge Kavanaugh , an associate and senior associate white house lawyer, dealt with some of the most sensitive communications from a White House official, "Burck wrote. Most of the documents withheld for privilege "reflect on deliberations and sincere advice on the selection and nomination of judicial candidates whose confidentiality is critical to a president's ability to perform this key constitutional leadership function."
The battle for Kavanaugh's documents was a dominant story in the fight to replace retired judge Anthony M. Kennedy. Kavanaugh was nominated on July 9, and his confirmation could shorten the Supreme Court's balance for a generation.
Senate Democrats were furious that Republicans have requested documents only from Kavanaugh's two years as an Associate White House advisor, as the Senate reviews the candidate's record. The Democrats have also campaigned for recordings from Kavanaugh's three years as Bush's staff secretary, but Republicans say the demand is exaggerated and these papers are irrelevant to Kavanaugh's nomination.
President Barack Obama has not claimed any privilege to any of the documents involving Justice Elena Kagan, the last candidate of the Supreme Court who served in a White House, according to Christopher Kang, who was Deputy Attorney to Obama.
"This could be the most recent and dramatic break in this process, but we already knew it was a deception that was broken at every step," said Kang, who now works at Demand Justice defeating Kavanaugh and other conservative judicial candidates , "The question now is, what will the Democrats do about it, unite in opposition, boycott the hearing?" This kind of outrageous cover-up requires an equally energetic response. "
A Democratic Senate adviser said the Democrats believed this This is the first time that a current president has exercised privileges under the Records Act to prevent the disclosure of presidential documents to Congress Officials of the National Archives.
Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (DN.Y.) called the revelation that White House Trump withholds more than 100,000 pages from Kavanaugh's records of a "Friday night documentary massacre" and said that it has all the testimonies of one
"The Republicans in the Senate and the President of the United States are working together to keep the record of Judge Kavanaugh secret and to conceal their actions from the American people by doing it on a Friday night holiday weekend," Schumer said , "What are they trying so hard to hide?"
The President's documents are usually reviewed by the National Archives, but Burck's team of 50 lawyers conducted a separate process because the sheer volume of Kavanaugh's papers would make it virtually impossible for archival officials to do so Checking documents in time to end Kavanaugh confirmed until October 1 when the Supreme Court convened to overthrow
Burck noted that the archive has so far approved the "vast majority," as does Burck's team of Kavanaugh's documents categorized.