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John Roberts’s Affirmative Action File Goes Up In Smoke

By Judd Legum  

"John Roberts’s Affirmative Action File Goes Up In Smoke"

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John Roberts has a checkered history when it comes to civil rights – including making disparaging remarks about Martin Luther King Jr.’s widow. Now, a file containing all the papers relating to Supreme Court nominee John Roberts work on affirmative action in the 1980s has gone missing from the Ronald Regan Presidential Library after it was reviewed by two lawyers from the White House and the Justice Department.

It’s a strange story, but here’s what we know so far:

1. No one at the archives remembers the file being returned.

2. It’s very unusual for the archive to lose a file.

3. The two administration lawyers are now helping the archives “reconstruct the file” from their notes.

4. The White House and the Justice Department refuse to name the lawyers involved.

Are we supposed to believe that this file magically disappeared?

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