Sunday, July 24, 2005

Bush won't release all of Roberts' documents from his Government Service

The White House has announced they will not release all of the documentation from Supreme Nominee John Roberts' tenure in 2 Republican administrations because many fall under the auspices of "attorney-client privilege". Patrick Leahy (D-VT) noted that other nominees, including Chief Justice William Rehnquist, have turned over documents written in confidence from their time working in the Justice Department
“It’s a total red herring to say, ’Oh, we can’t show this.’ And of course there is no lawyer-client privilege. Those working in the solicitor general’s office are not working for the president. They’re working for you and me and all the American people,” he told ABC’s “This Week.”
Republican John McCain indicated that some of Roberts' documents from his time at the soliciter general's office could probably be turned over, but not those from his time in the first Bush administration as would have a "chilling effect" on the candor people would have when communicating with the President.

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