Just days after President Trump’s formal acquittal from impeachment, Jerry Nadler is already setting the stage for a new investigation.
This time, Nadler appears to be beating the dead horse of Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
On October 6 2018, the Senate confirmed Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court with a 50–48 vote. Susan Collins, was seen as a crucial swing vote and opted to confirm Kavanaugh. All Democrats, except Joe Manchin voted against him.
The Western Journal reports during a Wednesday oversight hearing with FBI Director Christopher Wray, Nadler confirmed that, yes, we are indeed going there again.
This time, the Democrats are going to question the FBI’s background check into Kavanaugh, with Nadler telling Wray that there’s “a great deal of mistrust and uncertainty around the FBI’s supplemental background check of Justice Kavanaugh during the last few days of that confirmation.”
“The country needs a better understanding of that process,” he added.
The underlying assumption behind this line of questioning is that the White House deliberately limited either what they would publicly acknowledge about Kavanaugh’s background or what they would allow to be investigated because they were willing to take the chance that no one would find out ugly details either before he was confirmed or while he was on the bench.
There’s no universe in which this isn’t insanity, but insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result.
In the universe of Jerrold Nadler, he seems to be moving the House Judiciary Committee directly from impeachment to re-litigating the Kavanaugh confirmation. I’m just saying.
Nadler told Wray he was under the impression “that when conducting these background checks, the FBI is restricted to the scope and subject matter requested by the client agency.
“In the case of Justice Kavanaugh’s appointment, I understand that the client agency was the White House — specifically, the White House counsel’s office,” Nadler said. “So if — yes or no — if the White House had directed the FBI to interview some witnesses but not others, or if they had told you to complete the process by a certain date, would the FBI have followed that request?”
Wray explained that the FBI’s role is “what’s called the investigative service provider or the ISP,” which means they investigate what they’re told to.
There was a bit of back and forth over what this meant in terms of how limited the scope of the FBI’s investigation was, but Nadler wasn’t as concerned about that as he was about the White House limiting the investigation and how this was different from other investigations.
“So, if there is criticism — if there is criticism of the limited scope of the FBI investigation, the criticism would be properly directed, not at the FBI, but at whoever issued the instructions delineating the scope of the investigation,” Nadler said.
“Well, I — I can’t speak to whether there should be criticism, but as I say–” Wray continued.
“If there is to be criticism, the criticism would be directed validly or invalidly at whoever gave you the instructions as to the scope of the investigation, not at the FBI?” Nadler said.
“I think if the — if the Senate or the Congress wants the scope to be broader, then they should direct that request to the adjudicating agency,” Wray said.
Questioning was then turned over to GOP Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia; if you’re familiar with him, you can probably guess his feelings on the matter.
He noted that Nadler, a year after everything went down, wanted to “reinvestigate the Kavanaugh hearing.”
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