In a scathing letter to the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary, Chuck Grassley, three Democratic Senators say that documents which they have reviewed indicate that President Trump’s Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh “misled the Senate during his 2006 nomination hearing”.
Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) state the following:
“We firmly believe that Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination cannot be considered unless these documents are available, including to the public and the Senate as a whole.” The senators strongly urged Chairman Grassley to support their “request for Judge Kavanaugh’s Staff Secretary records and to publicly release documents from Judge Kavanaugh’s time in the White House in the same manner as was done for all previous Supreme Court nominees. The truth should not be hidden from the Senate or the American people.”
The letter, which can be read below in its entirety, attacks Kavanaugh’s integrity and potentially his honestly in regards to George W. Bush’s post-9/11 policies regarding terrorism, torture and rendition.
The letter explains that in 2006 Judge Kavanaugh told the Senate Judiciary Committee, while he was under oath, that he was “not aware of any issues” in regards to “the legal justifications of the policies relating to the treatment of combatants”, and that he had nothing to do with issues related to rendition. He also said that he was not aware of, and saw no documents related to a wiretapping program that was put forth without congressional authorization.
The Senators say, however, that there are at least two documents in the Bush Library showing that Kavanaugh was actually involved in the issues related to torture and rendition after the 9/11 attacks.
“In one (document), just days after the existence of the Office of Legal Counsel ‘torture memos’ was publicly revealed, then-Deputy White House chief of Staff Harriet Miers forwarded to Judge Kavanaugh a set of talking points addressing the memos and U.S. torture policy. The forwarded email makes clear that then-Deputy National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley had personally asked for Judge Kavanaugh’s review,” the Senators wrote.
Another email, according to the Senators, shows that Kavanaugh was also included on an email chain that circulated talking points on rendition and interrogation.
If true, and Kavanaugh did actually lie under oath, or at the very least mislead the Senate, his nomination to the Supreme Court could hit a major stumbling block.
The entire letter can be seen below.Letter to Chuck Grassley (Click here if it doesn't load automatically)