It's a Lifetime Job - So Where's the Paperwork?
When President Bush forwarded the name of Judge John Roberts to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Sandra Day O'Connor from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Maine Women's Lobby joined the members of Maine's Fair and Independent Federal Courts Coalition in calling for a thorough review of his record, background, and constitutional philosophy.
That's why it is so disturbing that President Bush has said he will not release key documents from Supreme Court nominee John Roberts' time as the political deputy to Solicitor General Ken Starr in the George H. W. Bush White House, claiming attorney-client privilege--This despite the fact that there is precedent for release of such documents in Supreme Court and other federal court appointments.
This stonewalling inhibits the ability of the Senate to perform its constitutional duty--that is, to carry out a thorough and independent review of the nominees fitness for the Supreme Court.
We think the Senate should say No documents? No confirmation. Let the Senate do its job.