Today we found out that Sens. Grassley and Feinstein wrote a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week also requesting documents from Judge Gorsuch’s tenure at the agency.
To our knowledge, DOJ hasn’t responded to the senators, and Fix the Court has yet to get a response to its Dec. 22 FOIA request or Feb. 24 lawsuit. As such, Fix the Court executive director Gabe Roth released the following statement:
I am pleased that the leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee recognize the importance of putting a Supreme Court nominee’s agency records out in the open, as all non-classified documents from Judge Gorsuch’s time there – whether run-of-the-mill communications or potentially controversial memos – should be made public.
Given the Justice Department’s months-long delay in filling Fix the Court’s request, we filed suit in federal court last week. I hope that the agency will consider the senators’ appeal with greater alacrity.
It is also commendable that such a request was made together by leaders in both parties. During such a politically cantankerous time, it’s important to remember that transparency has no partisan bent.