open the files on roberts

I just received the following note from People for the American Way. If you agree with it, and feel as though the administration should make all documents concerning Supreme Court nominee John Roberts public, please either call your Senators, or join over 100,000 of your fellow Americans and sign the petition.

All 8 Democratic senators on the Judiciary Committee have requested documents concerning key cases litigated by the Solicitor General’s office during Judge John Roberts’ tenure as political deputy to then-Solicitor General Ken Starr. Late Friday afternoon the White House refused these senators’ request.

There is no basis for this denial. Such documents have been released in previous Supreme Court confirmation proceedings including the Supreme Court nominations of Robert Bork and William Rehnquist.

This action by the White House is an affront to our constitutional system of checks and balances and the senators’ co-equal role in the appointment of lifetime judges.

The information about nominee Roberts’ record that has already come out is very troubling. Given what we already know, one can only wonder what the White House is hiding.

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  1. Posted August 9, 2005 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    Why on earth would they refuse to send documents to a Senate committee? Just one more thing that makes this administration seem more and more suspect.

  2. john galt
    Posted August 9, 2005 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    CNN has reviewed and agreed to run a controversial ad produced by a pro-abortion group

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