- The Washington Times - Monday, August 29, 2005

President Bush’s nominee to the Supreme Court suggested in a 1983 memo that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was “un-American,” and in another memo said the administration should in essence tell a major conservative supporter “to go soak his head.”

During his time in the Reagan White House counsel’s office, John G. Roberts Jr. showed he was not afraid to stand up to a religious conservative, saying in a memo that Bob Jones III was being unreasonable for saying the administration wasn’t helping a Christian minister’s immigration matter.

“The audacity of Jones’ reply is truly remarkable, given the political costs this administration has incurred in promoting the interests of fundamental Christians in general and Bob Jones University in particular,” Judge Roberts wrote to his boss, Fred F. Fielding.

“A restrained reply to his petulant paranoia is attached for your review, telling Jones, in essence, to go soak his head.”

Yesterday’s documents on Judge Roberts, who currently is a federal appeals court judge, included 47 pages from the George Bush Presidential Library and 175 pages from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

The Reagan papers were leftovers from an earlier set of documents, initially held back because they contained personal information that triggered a Freedom of Information Act exemption. In re-examining the documents, National Archives officials decided they should be released, though many are heavily redacted.

They include some interesting asides, such as Judge Roberts’ memo to Mr. Fielding about someone — whose name was redacted — who was upset that it took the EEOC 14 months to resolve a complaint, even though it decided in his favor.

Judge Roberts, in his memo on how to handle the situation, said, “We should ignore that assertion in any event, as well as the assertion that the EEOC is ‘un-American,’ the truth of the matter notwithstanding.”

The documents include parts of two applications: one from when he applied for the deputy solicitor general’s slot in the first Bush administration and another from when the Bush administration was considering him for the slot on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia being vacated by Clarence Thomas, who had won confirmation to the Supreme Court.

On his questionnaire for the solicitor general’s slot explaining why he wanted that job, Judge Roberts replied: “To serve my country.”

He also checked the boxes indicating he would be willing to travel and be away from home 11 or more nights a month for the job, but checked the box indicating he was not willing to hold weekend or rotating shifts.

He said he worked an average of 60 hours a week while in the attorney general’s and White House counsel’s offices in the Reagan administration. His starting salary in 1981, when he began as special assistant to the attorney general, was $46,685, and by the time he left the counsel’s office in 1986 his annual salary was $56,519.

The National Archives redacted the section where Judge Roberts listed what languages he can speak or read other than English, citing privacy concerns.

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