Democratic presidential candidate, and Senate Judiciary Committee member, Sen. Amy Klobuchar called for all Kavanaugh documents to be turned over for an impeachment investigation into Trump’s Supreme Court Justice.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Justice Brett Kavanaugh: "My concern here is that the process was a sham. I don't think you can look at impeachment hearings without getting the documents … and the attorney general is shielding documents" https://t.co/gxl9RihwwF pic.twitter.com/0QOM4kIuSv
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STEPHANOPOULOS: Just a couple of minutes ago, the president weighed in as well, saying that the Democrats are telling lies about him, Kavanaugh should sue, and that Democrats are trying to influence his opinion. Do you believe this is grounds for impeachment? Should the Justice Department be reviewed?
KLOBUCHAR: My views on Justice Kavanaugh are very clear, George. I think most people remember my questioning of the Justice when he went so far as to ask me if I blacked out and had to apologize to me. I strongly opposed him based on his views on executive power, which will continue to haunt our country, as well as how he behaved, including the allegations that we are hearing more about today. My concern here is that the process was a sham. I don’t think you can look at impeachment hearings without getting the documents. The House would have to get the documents. And the attorney general is shielding documents.
If you recall, we were given this moment just a few days every other hour to look at the documents related to other allegations that have been called in on the FBI tip line. I can’t reveal what we saw, but I can tell you it was documents of this size. And you could only look at one copy while other senators were in there. And it was a mix, not triaged, nutty calls to a tip line mixed in with actual calls from people that seemed to have information. I think the whole thing was a sham and that those documents need to be turned over, as well as the documents that the White House hid from his time in the White House Counsel’s Office. All of that needs to come forward to even look at a proceeding like that. And to do any of this, George, you need a new president. You need a new attorney general that respects the law. And that is just not happening with this guy.
Sen. Klobuchar is correct. The process to look at impeaching Brett Kavanaugh would begin by getting the documents that the White House and DOJ have been trying to hide since Kavanaugh was nominated. One suspects that as more evidence comes forward that Kavanaugh lied to the Senate, the calls to impeach him will grow.
Unlike many of the other scandals that will fade away from the political realm if Trump loses in 2020, the potential investigation and impeachment of Brett Kavanaugh is something that could happen under a Democratic White House and Congress.
There is going to be a full investigation at some point in the near future, and what it finds could lead to the impeachment and removal of Brett Kavanaugh from the Supreme Court.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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