The Bush administration has not been at all cooperative with releasing Roberts documents requested by the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Of course, we did not expect any other than a lack of cooperation from the Bush administration…
The eight Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, and asked him to reconsider the refusal from the Justice Department last week , “to release material on 16 cases Roberts handled from 1989 to 1993 under President George H.W. Bush.”
The Democrats said the documents should not be protected under attorney-client privilege because they were prepared by the U.S. office of the solicitor general (OSG), which was “acting for the American people.” They offered to meet with Gonzales to try to reach an agreement.
“Of the various administration positions he held, his service as the ‘political’ deputy in the OSG may well be the most relevant for evaluating the Supreme Court nomination,” the Judiciary Democrats wrote.
The Justice Department said Friday it had received the Democrats’ request.
The 16 cases cover a wide range of issues, from abortion and affirmative action to school prayer and capital punishment.
Another tidbit on Roberts today in the news:
As a Reagan White House lawyer, John Roberts urged the administration to dodge a proposal from the family of Raoul Wallenberg to pressure the Soviets on what they knew about the Swedish diplomat’s disappearance at the end of World War II.
The family’s lawyer, Morris H. Wolff, called Roberts’ conclusion “appalling.”
“The Reagan administration had a unique opportunity to rescue Wallenberg at that very moment. I had credible evidence that Wallenberg was alive and well at that time,” said Wolff, who worked in the Justice Department during the Kennedy administration.