Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation process was the most contentious since that long-time justice, Clarence Thomas. Eventually, Republicans were able to push the nomination through. Kavanaugh’s first year has been relatively quiet and he has surprisingly sided with the Liberal justices on certain occasions.
Democratic leaders, however, are still interested in taking a closer look at the records of the newest Supreme Court justice. This week, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) teamed with Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) to request archives related to Kavanaugh’s time in the White House.
The Supreme Court Justice spent time in the White House during the GW Bush administration. Between the years of 2001 and 2006, Kavanaugh worked as a staff secretary and in the White House counsel’s office.
Nadler and Johnson wrote in their request:
“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 two lawmakers will be seeking the documents via the Presidential Records Act.
Republicans were, unsurprisingly taken aback and upset by Nadler and Johnson’s request. Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga), said, “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.”