Another important dispatch from The Greanville Post. Be sure to share it widely.
Bret Kavanaugh is a pathological liar and would be a danger to society in any position of power. Not only should he not be confirmed as a lifetime justice to the Supreme Court, but he should be impeached by the House of Representatives to be removed as a U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Kavanaugh should be disbarred from the practice of law for the rest of his life, tried for lying to the US Congress, the FBI and other federal law enforcement and investigative authorities on hundreds occasions. He most certainly knew he was lying, and committed perjury hundreds of times between 2003 and 2018. His lying to Congress during public hearings before the Senate are on video tape and available to the public on YouTube and other formats. Below is just one exchange of Senator Leahy grilling Kavanaugh just days ago about receiving stolen Bush-era emails:
The Bush-era emails that were stolen from Democratic members of the Senator Judiciary servers by a Republican Senate staff member Manuel Miranda. At the time Manuel Miranda was a staff member for the Republican majority leader, Republican Senator Bill Frist of Tennessee. Miranda stole thousands of emails and passed them on to Kavanaugh, who at the time was a White House lawyer for President George W. Bush. The memos related to Democratic Senators’ strategies for Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Bush nominations for judges to the federal courts. The memos also were related to Democratic Senators’ strategies for hearings about Bush-era War on Terror such as torture, indefinite detention, renditions (i.e. kidnapping) and domestic spying.
Many of the stolen emails and memos came from Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy’s office. Here below is what Lisa Graves has written for Slate. Lisa Graves at the time was chief counsel for nominations for the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“I wrote some of the stolen memos that Brett Kavanaugh lied to the Senate about. He should be impeached, not elevated…..Newly released emails show that while he was working to move through President George W. Bush’s judicial nominees in the early 2000s, Kavanaugh received confidential memos, letters, and talking points of Democratic staffers stolen by GOP Senate aide Manuel Miranda….Kavanaugh should be removed because he was repeatedly asked under oath as part of his 2004 and 2006 confirmation hearings for his position on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit about whether he had received such information from Miranda, and each time he falsely denied it.” [Emphasis added].
Lisa Graves has also appeared personally on video on The Real News Network: “Kavanaugh Probably Lied Under Oath, But is Still Heading Towards Confirmation.”
[Insert YouTube video: Sorry! Youtube is now blocking this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oghnHWcBxUY ].
Now it is clearer as to why President Donald J. Trump, also a pathological liar, was in such a hurry to have Kavanaugh confirmed to the Supreme Court. After three years of the contentious Senate hearing to before confirming Kavanaugh to be a federal judge, there are now thousands of pages of documents of his testimony. There are also thousands of pages of the stolen emails and memorandum that he received, and then lied about receiving them to the Congress, the FBI and other federal law enforcement and investigative federal agents.
Knowingly receiving stolen property is a crime. Covering it up with lies under oath and to federal law enforcement agents is even a more serious crime. Pperjury before Congress is a serious crime. It is punishable by up to five years in prison. Lying to the FBI is also punishable with up to five years in prison. If Kavanaugh is prosecuted for every one of the hundreds of counts of perjury by lying to Congress and the FBI he could theoretically spend the rest of his life in jail.
Denying Kavanaugh a seat on the Supreme Court would be letting him off easy. He is unfit to a lifetime position on any court. At a minimum he should be impeached from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, forfeit his US government pension, and be disbarred forever from the practice of law.
It is obvious that the Senate and the public know far too little about Kavanaugh. What little we do know about Kavanaugh raises so many questions that they cry out for an extensive investigation for months. Fortunately, there are thousands of pages of his prior testimony and other documents that have buried in a shallow grave about him. All of them need to be gone through to see what other skeletons they contain.
Amazingly even after the Kavanaugh’s perjury has made the mainstream media, is being reported extensively by ‘alternative media’ such a Politico, Slate, The Real News Network, Vox and others there is still a tremendous amount of political pressure to “wrapping up” the FBI investigation as early as tomorrow. Fox News, Republicans, rightwing pundits, and political hacks are still saying that Kavanaugh has been investigated in the past so many times that he must have a squeaky clean record, and there is no need to revisit it.
Nor should the Senate be so quick to gloss over Christine Blasey Ford’s convincing allegation of Kavanaugh’s attempted rape of her, the accusations by other women, Kavanaugh’s drunkenness, his bad barroom and frat house behavior, and his most recent bizarre mental and emotional meltdowns during his Senate testimony in the past few weeks.
Here is the full text of a letter that Senator Bernie Sanders wrote to Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Chuck Grassley on Saturday, September 29, 2018. What follows are some of the issues that Sanders raised with Grassley that relate to Kavanaugh’s perjury about not receiving stolen Democratic Senators’ emails and memos [emphasis added]:
“In his previous testimony before Congress, Judge Kavanaugh was asked more than 100 times if he knew about files stolen by Republican staffers from Judiciary Committee Democrats. He said he knew nothing. Emails released as part of these hearings show that these files were regularly shared with Kavanaugh while he was on the White House staff. One of the emails had the subject line “spying.” Was Judge Kavanaugh being truthful with the committee?
•In 2006 Judge Kavanaugh told Congress he did not know anything about the NSA warrantless wiretapping program prior to it being reported by the New York Times. This year an email revealed that while at the White House he might have been involved in some conversations about this program. Was Judge Kavanaugh being truthful with the committee?
•In 2004 Judge Kavanaugh testified the nomination of William Pryor to the 11th Circuit “was not one that I worked on personally.” Documents now contradict that statement. Newly released documents also call into question whether Judge Kavanaugh was truthful that the nomination of Charles Pickering “was not one of the judicial nominees that I was primarily handling.” Was Judge Kavanaugh being truthful with the committee?
•In 2006 Judge Kavanaugh testified, “I was not involved and am not involved in the questions about the rules governing detention of combatants.” New evidence released as part of these confirmation hearing contradicts that assertion. Was Judge Kavanaugh being truthful with the committee?
Kavanaugh has also lied on numerous occasion about receiving the stolen emails and memorandum on several occasion during his 2018 Senate confirmation hearings.
The surface of Kavanaugh’s criminal behavior has just been scratched. There is a lot more that should come out, and it is just below the surface. Let’s keep digging.
ADDENDUM The author recently appeared on PressTV to discuss Kavanaugh’s appointment and the shameful role of the Democrats in facilitating this disgraceful outcome.
About the author
David William Pear, currently serving as a senior contributing editor, is a progressive columnist writing on economic, political and social issues. He is also a regular columnist and commenter on OpedNews. His articles have been published by The Real News Network, Truth Out, Consortium News, Russia Insider, Pravda and many other progressive publications. David is a member of Veterans for Peace, St Pete for Peace, CodePink and International Solidarity Movement. In February of 2015 he was part of a people-to-people delegation to Cuba with CodePink. In November of 2015 he was a delegate with CodePink to Palestine to show solidarity with Palestinians. In 2016 David spent 10 weeks in Palestine with the Palestinian non-violent resistance group International Solidarity Movement (ISM). David frequently makes extended trips to Russia as a private citizen. After retiring from finance in 2009, David earned a certification as an Emergency Medical Technician. David is a Vietnam veteran having served as a member of the 5th Special Forces Group as a combat advisor to the Army of the Republic of (South) Viet Nam. David resides with his wife and three cats in Clearwater Beach, Florida.
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David has a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of Maryland and attended classes at George Washington University to receive his Certified Financial Planner certification. He also attended courses at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania for his certification as a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA). He has volunteered for public health service, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, emergency medicine and needs of the homeless. His hobbies include boating, fishing and motorcycle touring. He is also a licensed skydiver (USPA-inactive).