News Release

Will the Public See Incriminating Kavanaugh Documents?

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ): “I stand by the public’s right to have access to this document and know this nominee’s views on issues [that are] are profoundly important — like race and the law, torture and other issues.”

FRANCIS BOYLE, fboyle at illinois.edu
Boyle was legal adviser to Rep. Henry B. González when he released classified material on the House floor in 1992 in an attempt to impeach George H. W. Bush following the Gulf War. See New York Times piece at the time: “C.I.A. Chief Says Legislator Disclosed Secrets.”

Boyle, who is professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law, said today: “If Booker and the other Democratic senators are serious here, they should all start sequentially releasing all prejudicial and incriminating documents against [Supreme Court nominee Brett] Kavanaugh now during the course of the hearings when they will be protected by the Speech or Debate Clause [of the Constitution]. This would include documents relating to torture and war crimes.”

Boyle was featured in a recent Guardian overview piece on the Kavanaugh nomination. Also, see his comments on an IPA news release: “Kavanaugh and the Federalist Society.”