Leahy response to Gonzales refusal of Estrada documents Bernard Hibbitts at 12:34 PM ET
[JURIST] Responding to White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales' refusal to provide further documentation [Gonzales letter, PDF] on the nomination of Miguel Estrada, Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy posted a statement on his website Thursday noting that the letter in fact contained "an admission that the Justice Department and Senate Republicans had previously refused to make. The Administration has finally acknowledged that there is precedent for providing the very types of documents the Judiciary Committee requested almost a year ago in connection with Mr. Estradas nomination. Interestingly, the Administration in this letter makes no claim of legal privilege or executive privilege to withhold these documents from the Senate. Instead, the White House Counsels office insists on substituting its judgment for the Senates and tells the Senate that we already have sufficient information about this nominee."
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