House Democrats promise to open a deeper investigation into sex assault allegations against Kavanaugh if they win control this November and accuse the Senate of failing to do their job
- Representative Jerrold Nadler said if Democrats win majority in the House they will launch an in-depth investigation into Judge Brett Kavanaugh
- Nadler will become chairman of the Judiciary Committee if Democrats take over
- He condemned Senate Republicans and FBI for conducting a 'whitewash' probe
- He told reporters on Friday night: 'We have to assure the American people either that it was a fair process and that the new justice did not commit perjury'
- He did not threaten to potentially impeach the controversial judge
- On Saturday the Senate will vote to confirm Kavanaugh onto the Supreme Court
- As of Friday there were 51 confirmed votes for Kavanaugh and 49 against
By Marlene Lenthang For Dailymail.com
Published: 02:06 EDT, 6 October 2018 | Updated: 10:45 EDT, 6 October 2018
House Democrats say they’ll open an investigation into the sexual assault allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh if they win control of the House in November.
Representative Jerrold Nadler, who is in line to become chairman of the Judiciary Committee if Democrats take over the House, made the stunning announcement on Friday.
The New York Democrat said he believes the Senate Republicans and FBI led a 'whitewash' investigation after the Judiciary Committee permitted a week-long probe into Kavanaugh's past.
Representative Jerrold Nadler announced that if Democrats win over the House then they will launch an investigation into the sexual assault accusations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh
'It is not something we are eager to do,' Nadler said to the New York Times.
'But the Senate having failed to do its proper constitutionally mandated job of advise and consent, we are going to have to do something to provide a check and balance, to protect the rule of law and to protect the legitimacy of one of our most important institutions,' he added.
The investigation would take a deeper look into accusations of sexual assault and misconduct against Kavanaugh that have been made by multiple women and date back more than three decades.
It would also take a closer look at the allegations made by principal accuser Christine Blasey Ford.
Nadler said House Democrats would call for a closer look at the allegations made against Kavanaugh by Christine Blasey Ford and by other accusers who have come forward as well
He condemned Senate Republicans and FBI for conducting a 'whitewash' probe into the allegations against Kavanaugh
'We have to assure the American people either that it was a fair process and that the new justice did not commit perjury, did not do these terrible things, or reveal that we just don’t know because the investigation was a whitewash,' Nadler said.
He didn't threaten to impeach Kavanaugh but if given power, the Committee could subpoena cooperation into a more thorough investigation into the Judge's past.
Nader expressed interest in interviewing all of Kavanaugh's accusers and those who can speak on their behalf. He added he would like to speak to the Judge himself but it may be difficult if he's confirmed.
The Senate is set to vote to confirm Kavanaugh tomorrow. As of Friday there were 51 confirmed votes for Kavanaugh and 49 against.
In U.S. history only one Supreme Court Justice has ever been impeached – but that was in 1804.
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