>> Ahead of this week's senate confirmation hearings, Democrats and Republicans on Sunday sparred over thousands of secret documents on Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. Records the White House is refusing to release. Nominated by President Donald Trump to replace retiring justice Anthony Kennedy. Kavanaugh worked in the White House under former President George W Bush.
Bush's lawyers combed through documents from that time and decided that 27,000 of them were protected under constitutional privilege. One of the lawyers said the White House directed them not to release the records. Another 102,000 pages of documents related to Kavanaugh's record were not turned over to the Senate Judiciary Committee for other reasons.
Taking to Twitter and news shows over the weekend, Democrats slammed the Trump administration for withholding the documents. Senator Chuck Schumer calling the move unprecedented, saying, it has all the makings of a cover up. Republicans have dismissed Democrats' concerns, arguing their criticism is politically motivated. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham adding fuel to the debate over the conservative nominee, saying Sunday that abortion rights case Roe v Wade can be overturned like every other decision.
Kavanaugh must win a majority of the 100 seat Senate to approve his nomination. Most Republicans who hold a slim majority in the chamber are expected to back him.