‘I have no intention of stopping in this effort until they … come out, adding to the cloud and the stain…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Democratic leaders may have dropped calls to impeach Justice Brett Kavanaugh for now, but they continue to demand the release of more documents and emails from the FBI’s sexual assault investigation and his time working at the Bush White House.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, filed a Freedom of Information Act request on Oct. 10 to obtain files related to the FBI’s background investigation into Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh, Politico reported.
“The FBI’s supplemental background investigation appears to have been significantly limited in scope to ensure that a thorough investigation would not take place, numerous witnesses would not be questioned and numerous questions would not be asked — including whether Justice Kavanaugh deliberately misled Congress on multiple subjects,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to the FBI.
She said the search for documents is “not about impeaching him.”
FBI Director Christopher Wray said the White House limited the scope of the re-investigation into Kavanaugh. He called re-investigation “consistent with the standard process for such investigations going back a long ways,” Politico reported.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, filed a more expansive FOIA request in September, asking for any documents that mention Kavanaugh in the George W. Bush Library and records of communications he had with the CIA or Justice Department while working for the Bush administration.
A Democratic aide said Blumenthal hopes to uncover Kavanaugh’s role in the Bush administration’s torture and warrant-less wiretapping policies.
Between 1 and 3 million documents exist that match Blumenthal’s description, the National Archives said, and senators have already seen about 500,000 pages of Kavanaugh-related documents — the most for a Supreme Court nominee in history.
“I filed a FOIA suit to force disclosure of millions of pages of Judge Kavanaugh’s documents that have been hidden from the country,” Blumenthal said on the Senate floor. “The majority leader chose to vote without seeing those documents, I have no intention of stopping in this effort until they have been disclosed — and they will be. They will come out, adding to the cloud and the stain.”
Politico reported that the process of finding and disclosing all the documents could take decades.