Estrada clarification Bernard Hibbitts at 1:23 PM ET
[JURIST] The US Department of Justice Office of Legislative Affairs Wednesday posted online a letter sent to Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle from Acting Assistant Attorney General Jamie Baker, indicating that contrary to suggestions that had been made on the Senate floor, no one in the White House or the Department of Justice had reviewed Estrada's appeal, certiorari and amicus recommendations authored during his tenure in the Bush and Clinton Solicitor General's Offices before deciding whether to nominate him to the DC Circuit. By the same token, Baker said the decision not to release those memoranda was not based on the Administration's knowledge of their contents, but rather on the traditional confidentiality of professional opinions of attorneys in the Solicitor General's office. Read the full text of the letter to Senator Daschle [PDF].
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