Wed – 8/1: The great Kavanaugh Paper Caper

(A copy of the ‘Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,’ a 1,097-page Republican tax bill, including 503 pages of legislative text. Redistributing wealth upwards is complicated!.)

The GOP doesn’t mind huge amounts of paperwork…

They just ignore it. They passed their 500+ page tax scam even though Rand Paul stated “Not one member of the Senate will read this bill before we vote on it.” The GOP members of the House Intelligence Committee managed to ignore all the evidence on the connection between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin and walked away.

Why put on the brakes now?

The GOP suspects that Democrats will actually scrutinize every page on Brett Kavanaugh’s past before his nomination can be sent to the Senate floor for a confirmation vote, which Senate Judiciary Committee chair Chuck Grassley wants to happen prior to the November 6th election. So he’s trying to limit how far they can go. Democrats requested the emails and other papers from Kavanaugh’s time as staff secretary in the Bush administration, which Grassley refused to ask for. Considering that Ryan Bounds was knocked out of contention for a federal bench seat by articles he wrote for his college paper, this exception is arbitrary. Both Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Kagan generated substantial volumes of documents accumulated in their previous positions, and both nominees had these documents released as part of their confirmation process. Dianne Feinstein’s message to Grassley: “Your unduly restrictive reading of the law results in one political party having complete control over what records the Senate will be able to see,… a biased denial of document requests to one half of the Committee is unsupported by the law.”

Democrats on the Judiciary Committee fight back.

 Democrats sent their own letter to the National Archives on Tuesday, requesting all records from Kavanaugh’s five years at the White House. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said he expected a response by Friday. Already, with the help of scanners and additional personnel, the Senate is poring over a million pages of legal opinions and email from his career as a federal judge, White House attorney and assistant to the presecutor who investigate President Bill Clinton.

Documents from his time as staff secretary are critical to understanding his knowledge of and involvement with torture, warrantless wiretapping and the use of (presidential) signing statements, to name just a few key issues,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. “Republicans are claiming that Kavanaugh was nothing more than a paper pusher who told President Bush what was for lunch. That’s false, not to mention ridiculous.

The American people deserve a thorough examination of Kavanaugh’s extensive body of work before a party representing a minority of Americans sends his nomination to the Senate floor for a confirmation vote.

Those of us in CA can call Judiciary committee member Dianne Feinstein and thank her for publicly outing the perfidy and hypocrisy of her GOP playmates. Find out if your senator is on the committee here. Remember, thanking a legislator who does a good thing is as important as chastising one for bad behavior. Every day they are getting an earful from the other side. Tell them that we support them.

Action  Thank both of our senators!

Minimal script for Feinstein & Harris: I’m calling from [zip code] to thank Sens. [Feinstein/Harris] for her strong opposition to handing a Supreme Court seat to anyone not throughly vetted for right-wing extremism.

Minimal script for other senate members: I’m calling from [zip code] to urge Sen. [___]  to call on his/her colleagues on the Judiciary Committee to commit to a transparent and thorough review of Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s extensive body of work before referring his nomination to the full Senate.

Contact:
Senator Feinstein: email DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Harris: email DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
Other Contacts: https://hq-salsa.wiredforchange.com

 

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