Rep. Jerry Nadler, the Democratic Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said on MSNBC this week that Democrats would wait for a handful of court cases to be decided before moving on with articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. This, he suggested, might push impeachment back until later in the fall. While there’s no way to know if Nadler is serious about bringing impeachment proceedings against a president who has been cleared of wrongdoing (or if he’s just throwing red meat to the liberal base), this gap does leave the Judiciary Committee with nothing to do in the meantime.
Because obviously they aren’t going to focus on anything meaningful to the nation.
But Nadler has already got that gap covered. On Tuesday, the New York Democrat sent a request to the National Archives, seeking “certain presidential records related to Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh’s service in the White House from 2001 to 2006.”
While the Judiciary Committee was privy to thousands of documents relating to Kavanaugh’s time serving in the White House Counsel’s Office under President George W. Bush, there were thousands of others that were withheld on issues of presidential privilege. Nadler insists that these documents are now important for him to review…for some reason.
“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.
The confirmation and seating of Justice Kavanaugh is a done deal. Nothing can come from further review of decade+ old documents except for leaks, partisan stories about the defamed Supreme Court Justice, and more circus-like Democrat-run hearings. There will certainly not be an impeachment of Kavanaugh, which would require a two-thirds vote in both houses of Congress. Therefore, there is only one purpose to this request, and Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) hit the nail on the head: 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 in a statement. “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?”
If Nadler and the Democrats had any real integrity, they would draft a letter of apology to Brett Kavanaugh and his family instead of requesting documents from his tenure under Bush.
But they don’t, so what else should we expect?