From Smith and Becker in the WaPo:
A file folder containing papers from Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr.'s work on affirmative action more than 20 years ago disappeared from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library after its review by two lawyers from the White House and the Justice Department in July, according to officials at the library and the National Archives and Records Administration.
This is a serious issue because it could
, in theory, represent an impeachable offense. Deliberately suppressing papers requested by the Congress through deceit
qualifies. If the White House refuses a congressional demand it can, of course, openly refuse. If members of Congress so decide, it goes to the courts and the issue is argued out. But mislaying papers on purpose damages the process of governance.
Now, how do we know that the documents were
returned? "[T]he attendant does not recall seeing the affirmative action file in question put back, [but] the marker was not in the box after the lawyers departed..."
So, basically, the marker is missing, too, and so S&B tell us that proves that the file wasn't stolen.
Put me down as skeptical.
The real problem is that Roberts has a record of deficient ethics and so missing papers can only add to doubts this man is qualified to sit on the highest court. From Vanderhei
" "Judge John G. Roberts Jr. was interviewing for a possible Supreme Court nomination with top Bush administration officials at the same time he was presiding over a terrorism case of significant importance to President Bush...The US code says only that judges should disqualify themselves from 'any proceeding in which . . . impartiality might reasonably be questioned.'"
To blenderize a couple of sitcoms, "Sahprayz, sahprayz, sayprahz, Sergeant Schultz".