For the Democrats, this isn’t even about politics anymore…
New York Rep. Jerry Nadler is continuing his fight against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and it is getting to be harassment.
The chair of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Nadler joined other Democrats in requesting documents from Justice Kavanaugh’s time working in The White House.
“In the coming year, the Supreme Court will again address important matters regarding civil rights, criminal justice, and immigration.
“The Court may also review certain high-profile cases related to reproductive rights, the separation of powers, and the limits of executive authority—all topics within the jurisdiction of the House Judiciary Committee.
“Now and as always, the Court’s fidelity to the principles of equal and impartial justice, as well as the public’s faith in the integrity of the judiciary, are foundational to maintaining the rule of law.”
“The Members also noted that the Judiciary Committee exercises jurisdiction with respect to ‘the judiciary and judicial proceedings’ and ‘federal courts and federal judges,’ and that the Committee continues to assess legislation to promote ethics, accountability, and transparency in the federal courts.
“Under the Presidential Records Act, 44 U.S.C. § 2205(2)(C), Congressional committees of jurisdiction can access records that ‘contain information that is needed for the conduct of [their] business and that is not otherwise available,’” it said.
Georgia Rep. Doug Collins attacked Rep. Nadler for what he called the “harassment” of the Supreme Court Justice.
“Senate Dems spent months launching false accusations in an attempt to smear #JusticeKavanaugh’s reputation & block his confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, & now House Dems want to follow suit with yet another fishing expedition to tarnish his good name,” he said with a link to his statement.
“Chairman 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.
“Judiciary Democrats failed in their attempt to relitigate the Mueller investigation, so now they’re pivoting to attack a sitting Supreme Court Justice by reinvestigating issues examined during his Senate confirmation.
“When are we going to move on from the smear campaigns, and begin working on real, bipartisan solutions to improve the lives of the Americans we were elected to represent?” he said, Fox News reported.
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.
Carrie Severino, co-author of ‘Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court,’ says there were no real winners in the fight to confirm Brett Kavanaugh.
Booker did not provide Kavanaugh a copy of the emails to review, and claimed Republicans had tried to hide them. However, Senate Republicans said the documents had been publicly released earlier in the day, even as Booker suggested he could be expelled from the Senate for releasing them.
The emails released later on during the hearings showed Kavanaugh advocating for race-neutral security screening policies at airports after 9/11, but said that during an “interim” period before such policies could be implemented, administration lawyers would need to “grapple” with the possibility of factoring in race during screenings in the interest of national security.
In his letter, Nadler sought the new documents on a “rolling basis,” and specifically asked for any “emails sent to or received by Justice Kavanaugh, including emails on which he was a carbon copy or blind carbon copy recipient, during the period in which Justice Kavanaugh served as staff secretary, including any documents attached to such emails.”
Additionally, the Democrat requested “the textual records contained in Justice Kavanaugh’s office files from the period during which he served as staff secretary.”
Any successful effort to remove Kavanaugh from the bench would require a two-thirds vote of both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Src: The Federalist Papers