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Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to Senate Judiciary Committee: Bring Transparency to this Dark SCOTUS Nomination Process

For Immediate Release September 13, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.–  Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee moved the committee vote on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the vacant seat on the United States Supreme Court to September 20, 2018. Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law released the following statement after Senate Judiciary leadership voted down motions to subpoena the 100,000 documents withheld by The Trump White House relating to Kavanaugh‘s records from the Bush White House on the basis of presidential privilege.

“We are witnessing the Senate surrender their obligation to provide advice and consent by racing forward with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh while more than 90% of his White House records remain outstanding. Never before have we seen the sweeping use of “executive privilege” and unnecessary ‘Committee Confidential’ designations invoked solely to keep the Senators and the public in the dark on the full record of a nominee.

“The chaos now ensuing between a legislative branch that has outsourced its obligation to provide advice and consent to the executive branch in ways that could cause irreversible harm to the judicial branch makes clear that we are in a state of constitutional crisis. This nominee, if he goes forward, under these objectionable circumstances, would sit on our nation’s highest Court with a cloud of illegitimacy looming over him during his tenure.

“The Senate can cure this by taking action now by slowing down, waiting for his record and bringing transparency to this dark process.”

About The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
The Lawyers' Committee, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The Lawyers' Committee celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 as it continued its quest of "Moving America Toward Justice." The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and fair lending, community development, employment, voting, education and environmental justice.

For more information about the Lawyers' Committee, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.

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