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Oregon Senator Merkley Uses Legal Maneuver Against Kavanaugh


Citing a violation of the separation of powers, U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon says he’s filed an injunction to delay a final vote on Brett Kavanaugh…President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court.  KLCC’s Brian Bull has more.

Merkley says he’s filed his suit based on the Senate’s constitutional duty to give advice and consent on nominees. The Oregon Democrat says the Trump Administration has cited executive privilege in restricting thousands of pages of documents related to Kavanaugh’s years of service under George W. Bush.

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U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR)

“And I’m standing up and filing this case, to say “This must end,” Merkley said during a conference call with reporters.

"And we’re seeking the court to intervene and give Senators access to the nominee’s record, so we can truly fulfill our advice and consent responsibility.”

Merkley says his injunction heads into completely untested territory.  He is asking the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to not only give access to the documents, but time to review and digest them.

Republicans with the Senate Judiciary Committee wish to hold a vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination by week’s end.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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