Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley loses bid to force release of Kavanaugh papers

Posted at 6:02 PM, Oct 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-05 20:02:08-04

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    SALEM, OR (KPTV) — A federal judge Friday rejected Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley’s attempt to force the disclosure of more details on Brett Kavanaugh.

Merkley asked the court to order the release of more than 100,000 pages related to Kavanaugh’s time in the White House Counsel’s office under the presidency of George W. Bush.

The White House has claimed executive privilege in withholding the documents. Merkley says lack of access to the documents makes it impossible to properly vet Kavanaugh.

The federal judge Friday said Merkley waited too long to file his motion, which was filed nearly a month after the White House announced the pages would be withheld.

Kavanaugh’s nomination Friday took a step forward after Republican Sen. Susan Collins said she would vote for him. Kavanaugh’s nomination has been the center of much attention in partisan politics after allegations he committed sexual assault in high school.

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