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Judge Refuses Kavanaugh Document Release

The Latest: Judge rejects Merkley bid for Kavanaugh docs

October 05, 2018 - 2:57 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge is rejecting an Oregon senator's attempt to force disclosure of more details on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before a confirmation vote.

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Friday turned down an emergency request by Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley asking the court to order the release of more than 100,000 pages related to Kavanaugh's time in the White House Counsel's Office under George W. Bush.

The White House has declined to make the documents available, citing executive privilege. Merkley filed the suit on Sept. 26, but added a fresh motion Wednesday arguing that lack of access to the documents makes it impossible to properly vet Kavanaugh and "has prevented the U.S. Senate from fulfilling its constitutional duties."

Jackson on Friday rejected Merkley's request to accelerate the date of a status hearing set for Tuesday, and then canceled that hearing. Berman suggested that Merkley waited too long to file his motion — nearly a month after the White House announced the pages would be withheld.

The Senate is expected to hold a final Kavanaugh vote on Saturday.


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