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September 19, 2005

You want memos...I got yer memos

From The Hill...

Conservative strategists are drafting a letter to Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee demanding the release of hundreds of internal memos detailing contacts between the lawmakers and liberal interest groups opposing John Roberts’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

By planning to press Democrats on the sensitive subject, conservatives seem to be pulling a page from the Democrats’ own political playbook. In the weeks leading up to the confirmation hearings, Senate Democrats have repeatedly called on the White House to give them memos Roberts penned while he was deputy solicitor general in President George H.W. Bush’s administration....

Specifically, conservatives want access to what they estimate may be as many as 4,000 Democratic memos that are in Senate Sergeant at Arms William Pickle’s possession. Last year, Pickle seized Senate Judiciary Committee computers during an investigation. Democrats on the committee called for the probe after internal memos written by aides to Sens. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) were made available to the press without Kennedy’s or Durbin’s consent.

The publicized memos detailed contacts between leading liberal members on the committee and groups that lobbied them on President Bush’s judicial nominees.

The article doesn't mention who the “Conservative Strategists” are other than mentioning Landmark Legal Foundation president Mark Levin and Coalition for a Fair Judiciary president Kay Daly, as having read the letter, but not specifically being involved in drafting it. The article also mentions Jeff Lord, former associate political director in the Reagan administration, who is currently working with Progress for America, a pro-Roberts advocacy group. Lord, while in Washington state and North Dakota on recent trips, promoting his new book has called for the Democratic memos to be made public.

Interesting move.

Coverage: Stop the ACLU, Patterico, TMH's Bacon Bits, Riehl World View, Jo's Cafe, bRight & Early, Mean Ol' Meany, It's a Pundit, California Conservative, The Baltimore Reporter, The Wide Awakes

Posted by Danny Carlton at September 19, 2005 07:46 AM

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