Here are two things we know about Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. First, the Trump regime is as inept as it is corrupt. Second, we all know that the pick was heavily influenced by the far-right billionaires who bankrolled Trump’s campaign. So the question is whether anyone involved was savvy enough to do their due diligence on Kavanaugh. There’s a paper trail they could have followed, but almost surely didn’t, and now that trail could lead to some real problems for this nomination.
Brett Kavanaugh spent several years working in George W. Bush’s White House, much of it working as Associate Counsel. That means he was knee deep in discussions about the legality of just about everything that was going on. The Bush regime had a number of serious scandals ranging from lying about weapons of mass destruction to torture. How many of those issues do you think Kavanaugh weighed in on? How much of it did he put in writing, in the form of White House emails that are still archived to this day?
More importantly, did Brett Kavanaugh try to cover, even a little bit, for the shady and/or illegal policies that comprised so much of the Bush doctrine? Maybe Kavanaugh played it safe, because he was hoping to become a federal judge and he didn’t want to disqualify himself. But if he slipped up and put something unethical in writing even just once, it would be the kind of smoking gun that could make him so scandalous, purple state Republicans in the Senate might get scared off.
Any mildly competent White House would have pored over every White House email that Brett Kavanaugh ever sent, in order to make sure there was nothing in there that could be used to derail his nomination, before making the pick. But if we’ve learned anything, it’s that the Trump regime is not remotely competent at doing its homework. So now the Democrats have a wide open shot at obtaining those emails and finding something they can use to fight back with.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report