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NYT: DOJ's Rosenstein Solicits Aid on Kavanaugh Confirmation

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By    |   Wednesday, 11 July 2018 07:27 PM

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's judicial paper trail is so long, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein put out an all-hands-on-deck call for help from federal prosecutors around the country, The New York Times reported.

According to the Times, in an email sent this week to the nation's 93 U.S. attorneys, Rosenstein asked each office to provide up to three federal prosecutors "who can make this important project a priority for the next several weeks."

"We need your help in connection with President Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court," the email stated, the Times reported.

Rosenstein added he expected to need the equivalent of 100 full-time lawyers to work on Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing, and the work would be supervised by the Justice Department's Office of Legal Policy in Washington.

The office typically helps with judicial nominations but most of its staff is made up of career Justice Department lawyers.

The plea for help from federal prosecutors has raised some eyebrows, the news outlet reported.

"It's flat-out wrong to have career federal prosecutors engaged in a political process like the vetting of a Supreme Court nominee," Christopher Hunter, a former FBI agent and federal prosecutor who is running for Congress, told the Times. "It takes them away from the mission they're supposed to be fulfilling, which is effective criminal justice enforcement."

Still, one former Justice Department lawyer is sympathetic.

During the confirmation process for Judge Merrick Garland, the President Barack Obama Supreme Court nominee whom Senate Republicans refused to consider, the Office of Legal Policy helped pull together the more than 2,000 documents needed for Garland's Senate questionnaire.

"When we gathered documents required to be turned over to the Judiciary Committee, we did not ask anyone from outside of the Office of Legal Policy to help out," Michael Zubrensky, the former lawyer who oversaw the judicial nominations at the time, told the Times.

"But the number of documents for Judge Kavanaugh will be different by an order of magnitude."

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein raised eyebrows by putting out an all-hands-on-deck call for help from federal prosecutors around the country to aid the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation for the Trump administration, according to The New York Times.
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