Nadler Demands Records From Kavanaugh’s White House Tenure

August 7, 2019by Michael McAuliff and Chris Sommerfeldt
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies on the first day of his confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on September 4, 2018, in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler demanded a trove of records Tuesday from Brett Kavanaugh’s tenure in the George W. Bush administration that Trump critics suspect could contain damaging and even incriminating information about the Supreme Court justice.

Nadler, who pledged in October 2018 that he would launch an investigation into Kavanaugh’s “whitewashed” Senate confirmation if Democrats won back control of the lower chamber in the midterms, said in a letter to the National Archives that he wants access to the records — which date from the high court justice’s 2001-2006 stretch in the Bush White House — in order to pick up where the Senate Judiciary Committee left off.

“The Senate Judiciary Committee received only a small fraction of Justice Kavanaugh’s White House record before voting on his nomination,” Nadler, D-N.Y., said in the missive.

Nadler’s letter requests the National Archives turn over all records from Kavanaugh’s tenure as President Bush’s staff secretary between 2003 and 2006, none of which were released to the Senate Judiciary Committee because Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, never asked for them.

The longtime Manhattan lawmaker also requested records from Kavanaugh’s time in Bush’s White House counsel office between 2001 and 2003, only some of which were given to the Senate Judiciary Committee before the vote. Nadler said he expects those missing documents alone to range in the “tens of thousands.”

Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation was overshadowed by allegations that he had sexually assaulted at least three women — claims he vehemently denied.

Prior to his confirmation, Democrats also raised concerns about whether Kavanaugh lied in his testimony before the Senate on a number of issues, including his drinking habits and personal views on landmark court decisions on abortion, gun rights and other hot-button issues.

Nadler signaled in his letter that he’s particularly interested in any conflicts of interest or biases that may be deduced from the Kavanaugh records, writing that Supreme Court justices “must disqualify themselves from cases” if they can’t assure “equal and impartial justice” on topics like “reproductive rights, the separation of powers, and the limits of executive authority.”

Left-leaning activists took it a step further and speculated there could even be incriminating details in the Kavanaugh papers.

“These documents could prove that Kavanaugh lied under oath to the Senate,” said Brian Fallon, the executive director of progressive activist group Demand Justice, which has long put pressure on Nadler to ask for the records. “They may also shed light on his true views on issues like Roe v. Wade, and reveal biases that should disqualify him from hearing abortion-related cases in the future.”

Fallon added, “This is a critical first step in conducting the real investigation of Brett Kavanaugh that Senate Republicans prevented from happening last year.”

Among other documents, Nadler asked for any emails that Kavanaugh was party to during his time in the White House and any “textual records” from his files, which could include legal opinions.

The National Archives did not immediately return a request for comment and neither did spokespeople for the Supreme Court.

A spokeswoman for Nadler did not respond to emailed questions as to why the chairman had waited this long to make the request.

Lindsey Boylan, a long-shot progressive candidate challenging Nadler in the 2020 midterms, said she’s relieved he finally got around to asking for the records but took a shot at him for not doing it sooner.

“He is a day late and a dollar short as usual around many of the issues of our day,” Boylan told the New York Daily News. “Glad he finally relented to pressure from women’s groups and individuals, me included. We need a leader who gets it right the first time.”

———

©2019 New York Daily News

Visit New York Daily News at www.nydailynews.com

Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

Political News

State of The Union: Democrats, Republicans Brace for a Hostile Trump
Political News
State of The Union: Democrats, Republicans Brace for a Hostile Trump

WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republican lawmakers are bracing for a whole new level of partisan belligerence from President Donald Trump at the State of the Union on Tuesday, less than 24 hours before the Senate is expected to vote to acquit him of both articles of... Read More

Bipartisan Policy Center Unveils Blueprint for Higher Ed Reform
Education
Bipartisan Policy Center Unveils Blueprint for Higher Ed Reform
January 31, 2020
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - A new report released by D.C.-based think tank,  Bipartisan Policy Center, hopes to create a “bipartisan blueprint” for higher education reform.  Attaining a post-secondary degree is believed to be vital for success in today’s workforce, lauded for long-term financial gain, job stability, career satisfaction,... Read More

What Happens If Senators Are Tied 50-50 on Whether to Call Impeachment Witnesses?
Impeachment
What Happens If Senators Are Tied 50-50 on Whether to Call Impeachment Witnesses?

WASHINGTON — With increasing prospects of a 50-50 tie on the Friday vote to subpoena witnesses in President Trump’s impeachment trial, Democrats are considering how they might be able to nudge Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. to weigh in on the issue and break the... Read More

Impeachment Trial Likely to End Quickly After Key Republican to Vote Against Witnesses
Impeachment
Impeachment Trial Likely to End Quickly After Key Republican to Vote Against Witnesses

WASHINGTON — With the announcement from a key Republican that he won’t back a call for witnesses in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, Republicans are likely to wrap up the trial quickly, perhaps as soon as Friday evening. Democrats’ hopes for witnesses dwindled when one of... Read More

Former Google CEO Warns Congress About U.S. Losing Technology Lead
Technology
Former Google CEO Warns Congress About U.S. Losing Technology Lead
January 30, 2020
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Google’s former chief executive officer told Congress Wednesday the United States would lose its lead in artificial intelligence technology to China in less than a decade unless the federal government creates incentives for new research and development. “In other words, unless trends change, we... Read More

States Sue Federal Government Over Impending Food Stamp Losses
Litigation
States Sue Federal Government Over Impending Food Stamp Losses
January 30, 2020
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Fourteen states have joined a lawsuit that seeks to block the Trump administration from reducing food benefits for about 700,000 people nationwide. The cuts represent a rule change the U.S. Department of Agriculture finalized shortly before Christmas for its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP),... Read More

Straight From The Well
scroll top