What the Documents Say About John Roberts

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On Tuesday, the White House released 15,000 pages of memos written by Supreme Court nominee John Roberts. The material dates back to the Reagan administration, when a young Roberts served in the Justice Department as a special assistant, a relatively low-ranking position.

Senate Democrats are much more interested in Roberts documents from his later service in the administration of the first President Bush, when he was the principal deputy to then-Solicitor General Kenneth Starr. But the White House says those papers are protected under lawyer-client privilege and will not be released. O

ur guests discuss what the newly available papers do — and don't — reveal about John Roberts.


David Savage, Supreme Court reporter for the Los Angeles Times

Jeffrey Rosen, professor at George Washington University Law School; legal affairs editor at The New Republic

Michael Gerhardt, professor of law; author of The Pressure of Precedent and The Federal Appointments Process: A Constitutional and Historical Analysis



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