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.@Chuckgrassley and the @SenateGOP keep touting the # of pages released, as hearing “transparency.” But an event invitation like this, duplicated more 44,000 times, doesn’t tell America about #JudgeKavanaugh’s record. #WhatAreTheyHiding?
.@SenateGOP’s ‘record-breaking’ document request? The Kavanaugh documents include more DUPLICATES than any Supreme Court nominee in history. They’ve padded the document request--for instance with 50,000 pages of duplicate event invites. #WhatAreTheyHiding #ReleaseTheRecords
Republicans are conducting an unprecedented & hyper-partisan vetting, hiding docs. related to his time in the Bush WH when critical decisions about now discredited torture policies were made. Instead they release 85k+ of duplicate docs. #WhatAreTheyHiding #ReleaseTheRecords

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Oct 3, 2018
THREAD #5: A point-by-point breakdown of Judge Kavanaugh's claims about his work on a Bush administration detention and interrogation policies.
Exhibit 5: Kavanaugh stated under oath that he “was not involved…in the questions about the rules governing detention of combatants,” a highly controversial set of policies pursued by the Bush WH in the wake of 9/11. False again.
Ex. 5a: Media reports have shown that Kavanaugh was involved in WH debates about the capture and detention of U.S. citizen “enemy combatants” without access to lawyers.…
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Oct 3, 2018
THREAD #4: A point-by-point breakdown of Judge Kavanaugh's claims about his work on a controversial wireless wiretapping program.
Exhibit 4: In 2006, I asked Kavanaugh about his knowledge of a controversial warrantless wiretapping program, disclosed in a 2005 article. I asked, “You had not seen anything, or had you heard anything about it, prior to the New York Times article?”
His reply: “No.” “Nothing at all?” “Nothing at all,” he testified. He later reiterated in writing, “I had no involvement in meetings, briefings, or other discussions in shaping the program or the legal justification for the program.”
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Oct 3, 2018
THREAD #3: A point-by-point breakdown of Judge Kavanaugh's claims about his work on Judge Pickering's nomination.
Exhibit 3: Kavanaugh distanced himself from the controversial nomination of Judge Pickering, testifying that Pickering was not one that he primarily worked on & that he was not assigned to it. Once again, Kavanaugh left senators with an utterly false impression.
Ex.3a: Emails show that Kavanaugh did substantial work on the Pickering nomination. He even drafted White House Counsel Alberto Gonzalez’s op-ed praising and defending Pickering.
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Oct 3, 2018
THREAD #2: A point-by-point breakdown of Judge Kavanaugh's claims about his work on Judge Pryor's nomination.
Exhibit 2: There’s also Kavanaugh’s work on Judge Pryor, who called Roe an abomination. In a 10 minute exchange with Sen. Kennedy about whether he helped “vet” (select and review) Judge Pryor, Kavanaugh explicitly denied any role in his vetting. That was objectively false.
Kavanaugh testified repeatedly that Pryor was “not one that I worked on personally” other than a standard moot session (long after Pryor had been vetted). No senator left his 2004 hearing thinking otherwise.
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Oct 3, 2018
THREAD #1: A point-by-point breakdown of Judge Kavanaugh's claims about the Manny Miranda email theft scandal.
Exhibit 1: After Kavanaugh ally Manny Miranda stole 4,670 Democratic files on controversial Bush nominees, Kavanaugh testified, over and over, that he never received stolen materials or anything that appeared to be prepared by Dems or even anything “untoward.” That’s just FALSE.
Ex.1a: Here’s Kavanaugh receiving a highly confidential letter written to me about a nominee’s position on abortion. It was so secret the sender believed she’d be fired if it got out. Miranda even said take “no action…except as I request.” Kavanaugh responded minutes later.
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Sep 17, 2018
Dr. Ford has shown incredible courage. This allegation speaks directly to the nominee’s character then and truthfulness now. Before any other steps, there should be a nonpartisan evaluation by professionals trained on trauma-informed investigations.
This is a crucial test for the US Senate. The integrity of this body, and of our nation’s highest court, is on the line.
Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination has been a flawed process from the beginning. Republicans have consistently sought to hide his record from the American people. This latest, most serious allegation deserves rigorous scrutiny. The process must not be rushed through.
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