Senate Republicans have taken the unprecedented step of trying to fast-track Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh despite the fact that less than ONE PERCENT of his records have been made public.
Indeed, while hundreds of thousands of pages from Kavanaugh's time as a federal appeals court judge, associate White House counsel and aide to independent counsel Ken Starr have been released, it is what has not been released that is raising eyebrows: nearly three million pages from Kavanaugh's time as staff secretary in the Bush White House from 2003 to 2006.
The nonpartisan National Archives, in a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), explained that it would not be able to review all of his records until October. Not wanting to take the chance of waiting too close to midterms when a "blue wave" would clearly signal a mandate not to seat a conservative justice, a team of Bush lawyers has begun a parallel, separate, and unprecedented process of releasing instead what documents they see fit.
With health care protections for pre-existing conditions and legal abortion at stake with this SCOTUS nomination, we must not allow the GOP to ram through an unacceptable candidate. Americans have the right to see all documents relating to Kavanaugh's judicial philosophy and qualifications, not just the ones cherry picked by Republican operatives.
We demand that the Senate not hold a vote until precedent has been followed, just as it was for all of former president Barack Obama's nominees for the Supreme Court.
"Republicans used to demand transparency for [Supreme Court nominations]," Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wrote on Twitter. "Now they're blocking nearly all of Judge Kavanaugh's records from public release and trying to rush through his nomination. What are Republicans hiding?"
If Republicans truly value the principles of our democracy, they will put an end to this dangerous and irreversible partisanship and release all documents on Brett Kavanaugh. We, the undersigned, demand transparency and fairness. There is too much at stake.