Three prominent liberal groups pushing to defeat Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination on Friday urged Democrats to seek a formal perjury investigation of him based on his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week.
Demand Justice, MoveOn, and NARAL Pro-Choice America outlined their case in a letter sent as Kavanaugh’s marathon four-day hearing came to a close, with the Republican Senate still expected to confirm him by month’s end.
The trio of advocacy groups claim that five topics Kavanaugh addressed with Judiciary panel senators this week reveal inconsistencies with statements he made during confirmation hearings for his current appellate court position that “appear to rise to the level of perjury,” they wrote.
The five topics are: Kavanaugh’s involvement in the judicial nominations of William Pryor and Charles Pickering during his time in the George W. Bush administration; his involvement in the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program; his role in handling Bush-era detainee policy; and his awareness of the use of Democratic documents reportedly
stolen by another GOP aide.
Kavanaugh was pressed to explain his past statements to the Senate during this week’s confirmation hearing and sought to clarify his past portrayals. When asked about the conservative Pryor, for instance, the 53-year-old appellate judge said during his previous confirmation hearing that he was not involved in handling the nomination during his service in Bush’s White House.
But after emails released to the Judiciary panel showed Kavanaugh becoming involved with the Pryor pick, President Donald Trump’s high court nominee said that while he was “interested in” Pryor’s progress to confirmation, he was “not the primary person on that.”
The office of the top Democrat on Judiciary, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, did not immediately return a request for comment on the request by the three liberal groups, which asked the party’s senators “to immediately refer this matter to the Department of Justice for criminal investigation and potential criminal charges.”
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