There’s nothing quite like the dance that happens in Washington, D.C. when a president nominates a judge to fill a Supreme Court vacancy. In 2018, the process that sprang up in the years that Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush were nominating justices is playing out in real time. Since the president doing the nominating is doing so under a Republican banner, the Democrats are on the hunt for dirt and any way to smear the nominee, Brett Kavanaugh of the D.C. Circuit Court.
Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois thinks he has something. See, back in 2006, after Kavanaugh was confirmed to the DC Court of Appeals, the senator sent a letter to him requesting information about a report in the Washington Post that he participated in a “heated” discussion while he was on the White House staff regarding U.S. citizens who are declared enemy combatants having access to lawyers. Apparently, Durbin asked Kavanaugh about the Bush White House policy and Kavanaugh claimed not to have any knowledge about the process that was used at the time.
According to Durbin, there is a discrepancy that needs to be cleared up. The black and white version of Kavanaugh’s words is that he misrepresented himself or lied. Since he was under oath at the time, Democrats would most likely claim the judge perjured himself if he doesn’t do some explaining.
Why Durbin thinks the majority of Americans would care about enemy combatants having lawyers is a bit of a mystery and demonstrates some of the disconnects Washington has with the rest of the country. But, in this case, that is neither here nor there.
The hunt is on for skeletons in the closet, dirt, smears, appearance of impropriety, insider trading, blackmail…ANYTHING that the Democrats can pin on Judge Brett Kavanaugh to keep him off the Supreme Court. That being the case, it looks like President Donald J. Trump picked a winner.