House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet Chairman Hank Johnson (D-GA) Tuesday wrote a letter seeking access to Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s records from his employment in the George W. Bush White House, citing the panel’s role in “judicial disqualification and misconduct.”
Nadler sent a letter to the National Archives asking the records department “to complete its review and release records,” to the panel related to Kavanaugh’s 2001-2006 White House service when he served as Staff Secretary and in the White House Counsel’s Office.”
Jerry Nadler said the Senate “only received a small fraction” of Kavanaugh’s White House record before voting on his nomination.
Nadler also asked the Archives to work with panel Democrats to speed up the production of the documents from Kavanaugh’s staff secretary tenure, which is not scheduled for release until 2021.
The House, however, plays no role in confirming judicial nominees.
Nonetheless, he cited that the panel’s oversight responsibility over the judicial branch. “The Committee’s jurisdiction encompasses the laws governing judicial ethics and the judicial oath of office; judicial disqualification, and misconduct; and the organization of the Supreme Court.” (Continued Below)
Ranking member on the Judiciary Committee, Doug Collins (R-GA) responded on twitter with a statement and also tweeted, “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.”
Collins’ statement reads: “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 reinvestigation 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 asked in his statement. (Continued Below)
Reps. Nadler and Johnson’s letter can be read [here].
Rep. Doug Collins’ official statement:
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. Full statement → pic.twitter.com/6Lmw1kShzY
— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) August 6, 2019
(H/T Washington Examiner)
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