What are they trying to hide this time around?
The White House said on Tuesday it will refuse to hand over to the Senate some documents related to Supreme Court nominee John Roberts' legal work for the U.S. government in a sign of a possible partisan battle ahead with Senate Democrats.
Senate Democrats, who have demanded access to relevant information as the confirmation process gets under way in the U.S. Senate, reacted skeptically and demanded more documents.
White House spokesman Scott McClellan said the administration would make public between 62,000 and 65,000 pages of documents concerning Roberts' work during the Reagan administration. But he said the Justice Department will withhold internal memos generated from 1989 to 1993, during Roberts' work as deputy solicitor general during the presidency of George Bush, father of the current president and a fellow Republican.
It was during this period that Roberts wrote a legal brief on the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized a woman's right to abortion. He said in the brief that "we continue to believe that Roe was wrongly decided and should be overruled."