A kerfuffle erupted in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday over the committee’s access to a series of documents from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s time in the Bush White House. The conflict concerned the withholding of material under an implied assertion of executive privilege and the relevance of the documents in question. There are a few different caches of documents and different reasons why senators do not have access to them.
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The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to begin hearings Sept. 4 on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. If confirmed, Kavanaugh would replace the high court’s most frequent swing vote, retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, a change that many expect would shift the court significantly to the right.
Video and Testimony: Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing: 'Extremist Content and Russian Disinformation Online'
The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on "Extremist Content and Russian Disinformation Online: Working with Tech to Find Solutions" at 2:30 p.m. EST on Oct. 31. The hearing consisted of two panels.
The first panel included:
On Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee convened hearings, entitled “Special Counsels and the Separation of Powers,” to listen to legal experts testify about the two pending Senate bills (Graham-Booker and Tillis-Coons, summarized here) that aim to further protect Special Counsels, including Robert Mueller, from improper termination by the president.
On Monday, FBI director nominee Christopher Wray submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee written responses to questions for the record. The full 55-page document is below.