Incoming Home Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler mentioned on Sunday that he wouldn’t pursue plans to question Supreme Court docket Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Nadler beforehand mentioned he would reopen an investigation into Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual misconduct and conservative columnist Mollie Hemingway claimed final week that she heard the Democratic Congressman discussing plans to question the justice whereas on a prepare between Washington D.C. and New York Metropolis.
However on CNN’s State of the Union, Nadler mentioned there have been no plans to attempt to take away Kavanaugh from the Supreme Court docket bench and that Hemingway was “not telling the reality,” concerning the cellphone dialog she overheard.
Nadler will, nevertheless, encourage an investigation of the FBI and White Home’s function in trying into the allegations of sexual misconduct made in opposition to Kavanaugh by at the least three ladies.
“One of many issues that the committee has to do is to analyze the query of the FBI not doing a correct investigation due to White Home interference,” he mentioned.
Nadler beforehand mentioned that if Democrats took management of the Home, his committee would subpoena paperwork from the FBI and White Home and search to interview Kavanaugh’s accusers and potential witnesses. He would additionally, he mentioned, name on FBI Director Christopher Wray to testify.
Kavanaugh was accused in September by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford of taking part in her tried rape whereas in Excessive Faculty. Dr. Ford testified in entrance of Congress that the Supreme Court docket justice held her down on a mattress and lined her mouth so she couldn’t cry out for assist throughout a home occasion. Two different ladies, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick additionally got here ahead to share comparable tales.
The FBI performed a short investigation earlier than the Senate voted to verify Kavanaugh to the court docket however Democrats declare that the investigation was incomplete and that its scope was restricted by the White Home.
Nadler additionally spoke concerning the doable impeachment of President Donald Trump on Sunday.
“Impeachment is a query that can come up down the highway, perhaps, relying on the findings of the Mueller administration and of different investigations,” he mentioned. “We’re removed from that proper now.”
If the query of impeachment does come up, mentioned Nadler, “one of many exams ought to be whether or not the proof is so sturdy of misdeeds so horrible that…a really giant fraction of the individuals who voted for this president will grudgingly acknowledge to themselves and to others that we had no selection however to question the president.”