Kavanaugh situation is a case study in political ugliness
Democrat senators who made a mockery of fairness in disrupting a hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh insist they are being denied information they need to decide whether he is qualified.
Not really. Senators have been given many more documents regarding Kavanaugh than were provided for any other high court nominee. How many? At least 482,000 pages of them, according to published reports. Another million or so pages are coming from the National Archives.
Some documents — about 100,000 pages — are being withheld by the White House. They involve Kavanaugh’s tenure there as a lawyer during former President George W. Bush’s administration.
It is not at all unusual for presidents to withhold information about what goes on in the White House. It happens with virtually every chief executive, for the very good reason that disclosing some of what happens there would not be in the national interest.
For example, there can be no reasonable doubt that if Congress requested some documents involving White House counsel under former President Obama, the request would be rejected, with good cause.
Senators have a mountain of information pertinent to Kavanaugh’s qualifications and his philosophy regarding the law and the Constitution.
The document fight, then, is purely political — a delaying action.
And unless the slimy games and legal hijinks are replaced with real substance, equally political is the 36-year-old claim of sexual assault Kavanaugh has been blindsided with.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has known of the accusation by a high school classmate of Kavanaugh’s since July. She had more than two months to confront Kavanaugh face-to-face regarding the accusation, which would have preserved the privacy of the woman that everyone piously professes is all important.
She chose to withhold action regarding the letter until the past week. And someone clearly made sure there was a breaking story on the allegation in the Washington Post.
Let’s be clear. These allegations are only coming at the last second because those opposing the nominee wanted it that way. Shame on them for hijacking what should be a dignified process.
Let’s also be clear that the same people – and they work for you – who came up with this Masterpiece Theatre have systematically ignored (with the help of their major media co-conspirators) sexual assault charges against Rep. Keith Ellison, the Number Two person in the Democratic leadership ladder. And those assault charges allegedly come with videotape and medical records.
So there’s no unfolding drama regarding Kavanaugh. No, this is a contrived set of events meant to stain a Supreme Court nominee, who, by the way, also has a family that includes two daughters and no record to suggest any of the alleged behavior.
With the allegation now leveled, the woman should be heard, just not on her terms, but rather on the terms that have been used for decades under our system of justice. And Kavanaugh, who has testified for more than 30 hours, undergone six FBI screenings and met privately with any senator granting him the chance, deserves the opportunity to answer the allegations.
After that – and “after that” better come soon – the Senate needs to get on with the business of deciding whether to confirm Kavanaugh’s nomination.