What is Going on With Brett Kavanaugh?
First of all, sorry for the President Trump rants I have been on the past couple of weeks. I must have needed to vent.
Today, I am here to switch the discussion around to something that is more in the news. A topic that doesn't seem to be on the minds of many, but is still definitely important and relevant.
I want to talk about President Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh and give you a little bit of an update as to what he has been up to and what the media is talking about.
Whether you see it on the evening news or not, this is still a BIG deal.
As of right now, Kavanaugh is scheduled to begin his confirmation hearings sometime in September. I say "as of right now" because you never know what the Senate schedule will look like from day to day.
Before that can happen, however, he is currently in meetings with Senators on both sides of the aisle as they try to prepare for the hearings to come.
And, that's all the update I have for you...because I want to get away from the headlines and talk about something I read today.
From these meetings, a lot of questions have been raised. One that I want to particularly focus on is his handling of the President Bill Clinton impeachment. What role did he play?
Let's talk about it.
According to a Memo released yesterday (written by Kavanaugh) from the National Archives, Kavanaugh urged prosecutors to question President Clinton in graphic detail about his sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky. Along with this request, Kavanaugh took a hard line on the issue, demanding answers. The answers he was looking for? In my opinion, Impeachment answers.
Let me remind all of you out there, just in case you don't remember or just don't know, President Bill Clinton was and still is today, a Democrat.
Why does this matter? Why do I bring it up? Obviously the President at the time did something absolutely inexcusable, so what does it matter what Kavanaugh asked and said? What does it matter what party the President was a part of?
The big deal here is what most on the left are worried about. And honestly what I think most in the U.S. should be worried about. Judge Kavanaugh wrote back in 2009, and I quote: "I believe that the President should be excused from some of the burdens of ordinary citizenship while serving in office", and then continued with, "and a President who is concerned about an ongoing criminal investigation is almost inevitably going to do a worse job as President."
I would also like to add that these remarks came 11 years after President Bill Clinton was impeached on December 19, 1998.
I won't sit here and bore you with any more of the details. But, because this is a column, I need you to know what I think about this and what I think the big picture here is.
Without beating around the bush, these words, to me, mean that Judge Kavanaugh has an opinion out there in writing that if the President does something that is worth an investigation, he should be excused from the proceedings. Or, in layman's terms, The President should be above the law.
Now please don't get me wrong, what President Clinton did was absolutely horrendous and he probably deserved the punishment he got.
But, the real problem here and what worries me most is that this same person (who is now the nominee for SUPREME COURT) believes that in a way the President should be "above the law". How are so many people excusing these beliefs as if they were nothing? This is a BIG Deal. No one is above the law and The President should be treated how the rest of us citizens are treated if he (or hopefully she in the future) does something illegal.
Let me remind you that the person who nominated him is currently the subject of a criminal investigation!
This sounds like a candidate who should not be winning nomination on party line for a term that could last up to 40 years. For such a prestigious position in our Country, I feel like the People should have more of a say.
Unless something unbelievable happens, Brett Kavanaugh will most likely win his seat on the Supreme Court by a vote of 51-49. 51 Republicans and 49 Democrats. And, another lesson for everyone out there, there are only 100 Senators.
Too much in politics today important issues like this are just excused and written off as not a big deal. Our elected officials look beyond it and don't think twice. If the nominee is a part of their party, they will vote for them. It is, as President Trump likes to say, Sad!