Dick Durbin: By What Authority Is Bill Burck Holding Back Kavanaugh Documents from the American People?
DURBIN: "No one knew this mysterious Bill Burck who was filtering these documents. So I figured, since the nominee carries the Constitution in his pocket, there must be some reference to Bill Burck in Article 2, Section 2, but it just says advice and consent of the Senate. It doesn’t include Mr. Burck. By what authority is this man holding back hundreds of thousands of documents from the American people? Who is he? Who is paying him? So committee confidential is being determined by a man, a private attorney, and we don’t know who he works for or who he is accountable to. Mr. Chairman, in the past, when we went into committee-confidential, it was in a discrete, specific area of concern involving a handful of words or accusations that had been made in a document and we were very careful to do it on a bipartisan basis. That has not been the case here where 147,000 pages have been designated by Bill Burke as outside the reach of the American people in the Senate Judiciary Committee. That's a further example of why this whole process has gone astray. And I think your explanation ignores that.”