Democrats aren’t done with now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. According to at least one prominent Democrat, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), the plan is to keep investigating Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations, just as soon as Democrats regain control of at least one house of Congress.
Nadler claims he’s not “eager” to undertake the task of “advising” the President on whether Kavanaugh continues to be fit for his position on the bench, but if he has to, he’ll lead the House Judiciary Committee in a no-holds-barred inquiry into Kavanaugh’s past.
“It is not something we are eager to do,” Nadler said. “But the Senate having failed to do its proper constitutionally mandated job of advise and consent, we are going to have to do something to provide a check and balance, to protect the rule of law and to protect the legitimacy of one of our most important institutions.”
Nadler says that, if he ends up in charge (he’ll lead the Judiciary Committee if the Dems retake the House in November), that he’ll subpoena records sent from the FBI to the White House, detailing the accusations leveled against Kavanaugh by at least two accusers, Dr. Ford and Deborah Ramirez. He’ll also lead an investigation into whether the White House communicated with the FBI and tried to place parameters on their probe into Kavanaugh’s past.
Additionally, “the committee would also seek to interview Judge Kavanaugh’s accusers and the dozens of potential witnesses they identified in recent days, most of whom were not contacted by the F.B.I. He said he would also call the F.B.I. director, Christopher A. Wray, to testify,” the Washington Examiner reports.
There’s danger in this plan: Kavanaugh seems to have become a flash point for Republicans, who united behind his nomination, and seem poised to express their disgust with Democrats at the ballot box in November. Democrats want to maintain a cloud of suspicion over the now-Supreme Court justice in order to color any decisions he may render, but in doing so, they may continue to inspire Republicans to take action.