Sen. Tom Carper, D-Delaware, led committee Democrats in writing an Aug. 24 letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, to request that records under control of the Judiciary Committee and records that have not yet been produced pertaining to Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s involvement in matters related to the environment during his time at the White House be turned over to the Environment and Public Works Committee for proper review.
The senators note that without access to Kavanaugh’s complete environmental record, members of the committee and the Senate at large lack the vital information necessary to fulfill their constitutional roles.
“In recent years, decisions made by the Supreme Court have had a significant impact on the laws and regulations that affect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the climate we leave to future generations,” the senators wrote. “The fate of these landmark decisions, though settled law, may very well fall to Justice Anthony Kennedy’s successor. The American public, and the U.S. senators who are constitutionally obligated to provide advice and consent on the president’s nominee, deserve a fulsome understanding of that nominee’s complete environmental record before he is considered — much less confirmed — for a lifetime appointment as associate justice on the Supreme Court of the U.S.”
“As you know, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is tasked with overseeing environmental issues ranging from clean air and clean water to toxic chemicals and climate change. It is therefore essential that this committee be provided with complete access to Judge Kavanaugh’s records on matters related to our environment, particularly records from his time as the White House staff secretary and as White House counsel. When asked at Marquette University in 2015 what prior legal experience was most instructive or informative to his preparation for becoming a judge, Judge Kavanaugh responded, ‘My five-and-a-half years at the White House and, especially my three years as staff secretary for President George W. Bush, were the most interesting and formative for me.’”
A copy of the letter is available at bit.ly/2wabpUV.