I’m putting this on your radar because (a) this clip passed the anonymous NYT op-ed overnight as top draw on Resistance PornHub and (b) Harris will be interrogating him again today and will be under immense pressure to produce evidence that Kavanaugh lied to her here. And not just from righties, either. Her, ahem, 2020 competition is watching closely:
They must have hard evidence of this supposed communication by Kavanaugh. I’m sure they do bc otherwise Harris would not have done what she did in light of the cardinal rule: Don’t over promise to the jury and then not deliver bc you will lose all credibility and be crucified. https://t.co/hYB5gKCQGl
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) September 6, 2018
Take eight minutes to watch the exchange, especially Mike Lee’s interjection. There’s guaranteed to be a sequel this afternoon:
— CSPAN (@cspan) September 6, 2018
Does Harris have something up her sleeve? Maybe!
The only explanation for the back-and-forth came from a Democratic aide speaking on condition of anonymity, who said Wednesday night that some in the party “have reason to believe that a conversation happened and are continuing to pursue it.”
But then again, maybe not:
A senior Trump administration official involved in the confirmation process told The Daily Caller News Foundation that Kavanaugh reviewed a roster of lawyers at that firm on Wednesday night, and knew only one attorney. The official said Kavanaugh has not discussed the Mueller investigation with that attorney.
She implied, in a very heavy-handed way, that Trump’s Supreme Court nominee is somehow in league with his (former) defense attorney, Kasowitz, on the Mueller probe and Democrats by their own admission … haven’t even nailed it down? They’re “pursuing” it? Sweet fancy moses on a crutch. Riddle me this: If Harris had the goods on Kavanaugh, why didn’t she spring it last night after he said he had no memory of any conversation with someone at Kasowitz’s firm? She’d already gotten his denial on record. No sense waiting until today to hit him with the evidence. Unless, as the unnamed aide above suggested, they she doesn’t really have anything after all.
Sensing that Harris is going to come up snake eyes, the NYT just dropped this on Kavanaugh instead:
As a White House lawyer in the Bush administration, Judge Brett Kavanaugh challenged the accuracy of deeming the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision to be “settled law of the land,” according to a secret email obtained by The New York Times…
Judge Kavanaugh was considering a draft opinion piece that supporters of one of Mr. Bush’s conservative appeals court nominees hoped they could persuade anti-abortion women to submit under their names. It stated that “it is widely accepted by legal scholars across the board that Roe v. Wade and its progeny are the settled law of the land.”
Judge Kavanaugh proposed deleting that line, writing: “I am not sure that all legal scholars refer to Roe as the settled law of the land at the Supreme Court level since Court can always overrule its precedent, and three current Justices on the Court would do so.”
“Bombshell!” say the liberals on Twitter this morning. Here’s how much of a bombshell that is: Two weeks ago Susan Collins met with Kavanaugh, then came out of her office to face reporters and assure them that Kavanaugh had told her he thought Roe was settled law. “That means nothing!” lefties roared. “Everything is settled law until the Supreme Court says it isn’t!” Which was correct. We all understand the tapdance that nominees perform on this subject. Roe isn’t “settled law”; if it were, there wouldn’t be an iota of the sturm and drang surrounding SCOTUS confirmation hearings that we typically experience. So here’s Kavanaugh as a Bush lawyer acknowledging that plainly, not even claiming the “unsettled law” position for himself but merely noting quite accurately that other legal scholars hold that view. And the left is suddenly opportunistically aghast.
They’ve got nothing. Which is why they’re reduced to inflating non-controversies like Kavanaugh’s abortion observation and demagoguery like Harris’s.
In lieu of an exit question, here she is using the hearings to cut another 2020 campaign commercial, pressing Kavanaugh on whether he can think of any laws that tell men what they can do with their bodies like abortion laws tell women what they can do with theirs. Uh, sure: Selective Service. Kavanaugh whiffed on that because he’d had a long day, but that’s the answer to her question. What else you got?
— CSPAN (@cspan) September 6, 2018