House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) teamed up with Intellectual Property and the Internet Chairman Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) in requesting from National Archives and Records Administration the release of records regarding Kavanaugh to the committee, as IJR News reported.
The two Democrats are looking to get their hands on Kavanaugh’s records during his time during in the White House from 2001 to 2006 under then-President George W. Bush’s administration. The documents sought are ones that were unavailable during Kavanaugh’s controversial confirmation hearings over decades-old sexual misconduct allegations.
“Now and as always, the Court’s fidelity to the principles of equal and impartial justice, as well as the public’s faith in the integrity of the judiciary, are foundational to maintaining the rule of law,” the two wrote in the letter on Tuesday. “[…] As a result of this process, the Senate Judiciary Committee received only a small fraction of Justice Kavanaugh’s White House record before voting on his nomination.”
Collins, a ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, is decrying the request as means to “smear” Kavanaugh. He wrote in a statement:
“Chairman Nadler’s request is so far outside the scope of judicial ethics, it’s harassment. Senate Democrats spent months launching false accusations in an attempt to smear Justice Kavanaugh’s reputation and block his confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, and now House Democrats want to follow suit with yet another fishing expedition to tarnish his good name.”
“When are we going to move on from the smear campaigns, and begin working on real, bipartisan solutions to improve the lives of the Americans we were elected to represent?” the Republican lawmaker asked.