This is so damning for Brett Kavanaugh. A former chief counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee and deputy assistant attorney general in the DOJ says that Brett Kavanaugh lied in his Congressional testimony repeatedly. She knows, because she wrote the stolen memos that he lied about.
Lisa Graves is the former chief counsel for nominations for the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and she was deputy assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice. And on Friday, she wrote a damning piece in Slate which, in any other time, would ruin the chances for Brett Kavanaugh to be seated on the Supreme Court.
Graves says that Kavanaugh should be impeached, not elevated to the highest court in the land.
“I do not raise [impeachment] lightly, but I am certain it must be raised.
“Newly released emails show that while he was working to move through President George W. Bush’s judicial nominees in the early 2000s, Kavanaugh received confidential memos, letters, and talking points of Democratic staffers stolen by GOP Senate aide Manuel Miranda. That includes research and talking points Miranda stole from the Senate server after I had written them for the Senate Judiciary Committee as the chief counsel for nominations for the minority.”
Graves says that receiving those stolen documents alone is not an impeachable offense. But she believes that he should be impeached “because he was repeatedly asked under oath as part of his 2004 and 2006 confirmation hearings for his position on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit about whether he had received such information from Miranda, and each time he falsely denied it.”
When Kavanaugh lied to Orrin Hatch in 2004 and Ted Kennedy in 2006 about the stolen documents the Senators didn’t have access to the emails they have now, “showing that Miranda sent Kavanaugh numerous documents containing what was plainly research by Democrats.”
“Some of those emails went so far as to warn Kavanaugh not to distribute the Democratic talking points he was being given. If these were documents shared from the Democratic side of the aisle as part of normal business, as Kavanaugh claimed to have believed in his most recent testimony, why would they be labeled “not [for] distribution”? And why would we share our precise strategy to fight controversial Republican nominations with the Republicans we were fighting?”
In Kavanaugh’s hearing this week, he made the outlandish claim to Senator Leahy that it was typical for him to be told what Democrats planned to ask at these combative hearings over controversial nominees. Kavanaugh called it the “coin of the realm.”
But Graves says, “As a Democrat who worked on those questions, I can say definitively that it was not typical at all. Kavanaugh knows this full well.”
Even after Kavanaugh was told that the documents he was given were stolen, he did nothing.
“He did not come forward to the Senate to provide information about the confidential documents Miranda had given him, which were clearly from the Democrats.
“Kavanaugh also apparently did nothing when the Senate referred the case to the U.S. attorney’s office for criminal prosecution. (Miranda was never prosecuted.)”
But it gets even worse. Kavanaugh went even further to cover up the details of the theft.
“During the hearings on his nomination to the D.C. Circuit a few months after the Miranda news broke, Kavanaugh actively hid his own involvement, lying to the Senate Judiciary Committee by stating unequivocally that he not only knew nothing of the episode, but also never even received any stolen material.
“Even if Kavanaugh could claim that he didn’t have any hint at the time he received the emails that these documents were of suspect provenance—which I personally find implausible—there is no reasonable way for him to assert honestly that he had no idea what they were after the revelation of the theft. Any reasonable person would have realized they had been stolen, and certainly someone as smart as Kavanaugh would have too.”
The fact is, Kavanaugh lied. And he lied under oath. Repeatedly. His actions were dishonorable and dishonest. And he has no business sitting on the highest court in the land.
Kavanaugh worked hard to impeach Bill Clinton for lying under oath. If Clinton should be impeached for lying, then so too should Kavanaugh.