Kavanaugh White House Counsel: PATRIOT Act, “measured, careful, responsible, and constitutional approach”

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Kavanaugh White House Counsel: PATRIOT Act, “measured, careful, responsible, and constitutional approach”

On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee released the first production of records for Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh’s from his time as associate counsel for George W. Bush. Roughly 5,700 pages of documents were made available to the public. The documents show that Kavanaugh assisted in the effort to pass the Patriot Act and drafted a statement that President Bush incorporated in the bill signing. Kavanaugh wrote that the PATRIOT Act will “update laws authorizing government surveillance,” which he claimed, and the President Bush restated, were from an era of “rotary phones.” In fact, the PATRIOT Act weakened numerous

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