The House Judiciary Committee is officially requesting records from Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s time in the White House counsel’s office during former president George W. Bush’s administration.
The Washington Free Beacon reported that committee chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler signed a letter n which he made the request. His committee intends to review thousands of documents from Kavanaugh’s time with the administration, presumably to investigate whether he engaged in any misconduct or misrepresented his actions under oath.
The letter claims “the Senate Judiciary Committee received only a small fraction of Justice Kavanaugh’s White House record before voting on his nomination.”
“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,” the letter read.
Nadler’s committee is requesting “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” and “the textual records contained in Justice Kavanaugh’s office files from the period during which he served as Staff Secretary,” according to the letter.
This is not the first time the Democrats have tried to muddy Brett Kavanaugh’s judgeship over his work for the Bush Administration.
During the initial set of hearings over Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, the Democrats repeatedly interrupted proceedings stating they had not had enough time to sufficiently review Kavanaugh’s records from the Bush Administration.
Every single Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, with the exception of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, requested the hearing to be delayed in order to review the documents. The requests were rejected.
Sen. Cory Booker made a now-famous gaffe when he said he would release “confidential” documents from Kavanaugh’s past, saying that it was his “Spartacus moment” despite the fact that Cory Booker was not actually breaking any rules.