July 27, 2018

Harris Statement on Senate Republicans’ Decision to Conceal Kavanaugh Documents

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement following the decision by Senate Republicans to block the release of years’ worth of critical documents related to Brett Kavanaugh’s career:

“The American people deserve transparency when considering a lifetime appointment to the highest Court in the country. Senate Republicans are blocking the release of years of records from Brett Kavanaugh’s time in the White House while he served as Staff Secretary, a time Judge Kavanaugh has described as some of his ‘most instructive.’ These records are absolutely relevant to his nomination.

“The American people deserve to know the full extent of Judge Kavanaugh’s involvement and influence in critical decisions during those years, including President Bush’s policy decisions authorizing use of torture and warrantless wiretapping, and Kavanaugh’s work on President Bush’s judicial nominations.

“The majority’s opposition to transparency is as new as it is dangerous.  When Justice Sonia Sotomayor was nominated, Democrats worked with Republicans to produce her records for meeting minutes for a board she served on, despite having had a 17-year judicial record. When Justice Elena Kagan was nominated, Democrats worked with Republicans to obtain her full records from her time in the White House. 

“A Supreme Court Justice will make decisions that have a profound impact on the lives of every American.  The only way to understand how a justice will make those decisions is to be able to see what they have written, said, and decided in the past.  The effort by Senate Republicans to hide this vital information from the American people is not just hypocritical, it also strongly suggests they have something to hide from the Senate and Americans about Judge Kavanaugh’s record. The American people deserve better than this.”