In what amounts to a huge win for President Donald Trump and the Republican Party, Judge Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court on Saturday in a narrow Senate vote.
But that doesn’t mean sore loser Democrats are finished with playing politics over the confirmation.
Despite polling showing this battle hurt Democrats, who orchestrated an 11th hour ambush on Kavanaugh, on the day he was sworn in as the 114th Supreme Court justice, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced that she will file a Freedom of Information Act request for documents related to the FBI’s supplemental probe of now Justice Kavanaugh, the Washington Times reported.
“In purposefully limiting the FBI investigation, it is clear the Republicans were not seeking the truth,” Pelosi said in a statement. “They were seeking cover to do what they wanted to do anyway. To add insult to injury, they blocked the public’s access to the report.”
FBI background checks on judicial nominees have traditionally remained confidential, with only senators, White House officials, and select aides able to view them, Fox News reported. While Congress is legally exempt from FOIA requirements, the FBI is not.
A seventh background check, limited to one week, was conducted after last minute claims of sexual misconduct surfaced. The results reportedly did not corroborate the accusations.
And despite an unruly Democrat mob setting upon Washington last week to oppose Kavanaugh, bombarding lawmakers who supported the nominee with threats, Pelosi accused Republicans of doing “violence.”
“The conduct of the Senate Republican Majority did violence to the reputation of both the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Supreme Court,” she alleged. “We must proceed in a judicious manner to set the record straight and ensure that this never happens again.”
Pelosi’s remarks provide added incentive for voters to turn out in November, with impeachment proceedings against Kavanaugh being a real possibility if Democrats retake control of Congress.
The left, which often looks to the courts for relief when their legislative efforts fail, understand the long-term ramifications of a conservative majority on the Supreme Court.
Trump took what is being called a victory lap for the “tremendous victory” during a Kansas rally Saturday, and spoke of the “mob” that has become the Democratic Party.
“You wouldn’t hand matches to an arsonist, and you can’t give power to an angry left-wing mob, and that is what they’ve become,” Trump said. “The Democrats have become too extreme and too dangerous to govern. Republicans believe in the rule of law, not the rule of the mob.”
The president’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., took to Twitter on Saturday to caution celebrating Republicans that the battle is not over yet.
“Trump supporters – The fight isn’t over. You better believe that Democrats are going to do everything in their power to impeach Kavanuagh from the Supreme Court if they take control of Congress in November. This is war. Time to fight. Vote on Nov 6 to protect the Supreme Court!” he tweeted.
Trump supporters – The fight isn’t over. You better believe that Democrats are going to do everything in their power to impeach Kavanuagh from the Supreme Court if they take control of Congress in November.
This is war. Time to fight. Vote on Nov 6 to protect the Supreme Court!
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 5, 2018
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