USA Today falsely suggested White House has released Roberts documents from first Bush administrationAugust 19, 2005 11:53 AM EDT ››› ANDREW SEIFTER
An August 19 USA Today article by reporter Mark Memmott erroneously suggested that the White House has publicly released documents pertaining to Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr.'s tenure as the Justice Department's deputy solicitor general under President George H.W. Bush. In fact, as The Washington Post noted on August 19, the White House has refused Democratic requests and has withheld all of Roberts's Justice Department documents from 1989-1993, a period spanning the entire term of the first Bush administration:
Senate Democrats have been pressing the Bush administration to release Roberts's files from the highest-ranking position he has held in the executive branch, as the Justice Department's deputy solicitor general from 1989 to 1993 under President George H.W. Bush. But administration officials have asserted that those records should remain private on the grounds of attorney-client privilege.
From the August 19 edition of USA Today:
Much of the public relations debate over Roberts, 50, has focused on thousands of documents from his work as a government lawyer during the Reagan and first Bush administrations. The papers have cast him as an eager promoter of conservative positions who argued against the Supreme Court ruling that made abortion legal nationwide, questioned the notion of equal pay for men and women who hold jobs of comparable importance, and supported the idea of silent prayer in public schools.