Now that the Democrats have reclaimed the majority in the House of Representatives, they’re taking aim at the Trump administration.
New York Rep. Jerry Nadler may have backtracked on his plans to impeach Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh directly, but he now says he wants to investigate whether the White House interfered with the FBI investigation into the allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh.
Nadler — who is about to be chair of the powerful House Judiciary Committee — just revealed part of his plans to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Sunday’s “This Week.”
Investigating the investigators
The former Clinton White House adviser-turned-“journalist” quizzed Nadler about his plans for the next two years, whether Nancy Pelosi would be renamed Speaker of the House, whether his committee would go after the new Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, and how he would protect the special counsel Russia probe.
They also touched on possible gun control legislation and whether or not Nadler’s committee would work to impeach President Trump and Justice Kavanaugh.
With regard to Kavanaugh, Nadler said, “Well, it’s not a question of investigating Justice Kavanaugh. We do have a responsibility I believe to investigate the — the process by which the FBI was stifled in its investigation by the White House.”
“When the FBI was asked to investigate, there was not a complete investigation, for the reasons I stated then. A lot of witnesses who should’ve been — who volunteered to come forward weren’t — weren’t interviewed and so forth,” he continued.
“But we have to invest — look into that with a view toward making sure that future FBI investigations are not subject to the same kind of White House interference and — and can be relied upon,” said Nadler.
“That’s the — the part that we — I think we have to look at, not with a view toward doing anything about Justice Kavanaugh there — he’s there, unfortunately — but with a view toward making sure that the integrity of the process for the future is restored,” the congressman added.
“Subpoena cannon” aimed at Trump
This potential investigation into whether the White House interfered with the FBI’s investigation of the allegations against Kavanaugh is but one of dozens of possible investigations that House Democrats are preparing to launch.
Indeed, Axios reported that House Democrats have been busy loading up a “subpoena cannon” aimed squarely at the president and his administration with more than 85 potential targets to be probed.
Depending upon how well Democrats play their investigative hands over the next two years, life in the White House could become a career-ending living hell under a focused microscope — or a mere inconvenient nuisance on the steady path toward an assured re-election.
One thing’s for certain: the Democrats fully intend to scour every nook and cranny for anything that can be used to “get Trump.” How effective that plan will be is entirely reliant on whether they do so in a serious manner or out of obvious partisanship and spite.