Monday, Democrats took a first step into what Brian Fallon calls a “real investigation of Brett Kavanaugh,” requesting millions of documents from Kavanaugh’s time in President Bush’s administration.
Per Yahoo, the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday requested the National Archives produce millions of documents from Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s time in President George W. Bush’s administration.
Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), chairman of a subcommittee with oversight of federal courts, made the request. Activist groups have long been demanding an investigation into Kavanaugh’s background, claiming the Senate Judiciary Committee failed to carry one out before approving his nomination last year.
Tuesday, Per FoxNews, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday accused the panel’s Democratic chairman, Rep. Jerry Nadler, of “harassment” and unethical conduct, after Nadler moved to seek records from Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s time in the George W. Bush administration.
Nadler’s request came days after a liberal lion of the high court, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, defended Kavanaugh as a “very decent, very smart individual,” and long after progressive activists have largely moved on to other matters.
Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., said in a statement that Nadler’s request is so “far outside the scope of judicial ethics, it’s harassment.”
“Senate Democrats spent months launching false accusations in an attempt to smear Justice Kavanaugh’s reputation and block his confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, and now House Democrats want to follow suit with yet another fishing expedition to tarnish his good name,” Collins said.
Nadler, along with Hank Johnson, D-Ga., wrote to the National Archives to seek “certain presidential records related to Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh’s service in the White House from 2001 to 2006.”
They cited the Presidential Records Act, which allows congressional committees to obtain “contain information that is needed for the conduct of [their] business and that is not otherwise available,” subject to executive privilege and other limitations.
Tens of thousands of documents relating to Kavanaugh’s time in the White House Counsel’s Office were withheld during his confirmation process, the lawmakers said, after they were processed by a private attorney for potential privilege issues.
“As a result of this process, the Senate Judiciary Committee received only a small fraction of Justice Kavanaugh’s White House record before voting on his nomination,” Nadler wrote.
Nevertheless, some of Kavanuagh’s writings in the Bush administration did play a central role during his confirmation process. In a dramatic exchange during the hearings, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., now a presidential candidate, implied that Kavanaugh had been open to racial profiling tactics, citing an email exchange between Kavanaugh and a colleague in the Bush White House.