WSJ Editorial Dismantles Dem Complaints About Kavanaugh's Bush-Era Docs | NTK Network WSJ Editorial Dismantles Dem Complaints About Kavanaugh’s Bush-Era Docs

WSJ Editorial Dismantles Dem Complaints About Kavanaugh’s Bush-Era Docs

It turns out Justice Elena Kagan's Clinton-era documents were also handled by a lawyer with ties to President Clinton. Democrats weren't complaining then.

By NTK Staff | 08.14.2018 @12:00pm
WSJ Editorial Dismantles Dem Complaints About Kavanaugh’s Bush-Era Docs

A new Wall Street Journal editorial, published Monday evening, dismantles Democrats’ recent complaints about the lawyer in charge of reviewing Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Bush-era documents.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) complained as recently as Sunday that “a long-time political operative” who worked with Kavanaugh is reviewing Kavanaugh’s documents.

The Wall Street Journal pointed out, though, that a Clinton lawyer who worked with Justice Elena Kagan reviewed Kagan’s Clinton-era documents when she was a nominee for the Supreme Court.

But this is following the precedent set during the 2010 nomination of Elena Kagan. Document production from her years in the Clinton White House counsel’s office was supervised by Bruce Lindsey, whose White House tenure overlapped with Ms. Kagan’s. Bill Clinton designated Mr. Lindsey to supervise records from his Presidency in cooperation with the National Archives and Records Administration under the Presidential Records Act. Some documents related to Ms. Kagan’s White House tenure didn’t become public until 2014.

Mr. Burck is playing a similar role to Mr. Lindsey’s. Mr. Bush appointed Mr. Burck as his Presidential Records Act designee in 2009 and Mr. Burck did the same document supervision during the Neil Gorsuch nomination. A former President can restrict access to many presidential records for up to 12 years after he leaves office, so Mr. Bush is doing the Senate a favor by letting those records be reviewed.

Schumer wants the National Archives to release Kavanaugh’s Bush-era documents, but WSJ‘s editorial board also pointed out that “Mr. Burck’s review will get documents to the Senate faster than the National Archives can.”

Of course Schumer – who has already pledged his total opposition to Kavanaugh – will likely stop at nothing to try to delay a hearing and vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination to the highest court in the land.

Sign Up

for NTK updates every week.

View Privacy Policy