It’s been eight long months since his confirmation and Democrats are still trying to obstruct Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court.
Democrats in both the House and Senate are seeking to delegitimize the newest member of the high court through a volley of public-record requests related to his tenure as a Bush II-era White House attorney. Working with Democrats on this effort is a relatively new D.C. watchdog organization, American Oversight (AO). The attorney group claims to be “the top Freedom of Information Act litigator investigating the Trump administration,” having filed over 1,000 record requests and 70 related lawsuits since 2017. Although it calls itself a ‘nonpartisan, ethics watchdog,’ the organization was apparently born out of a meeting of liberal mega-donors outraged by President Trump’s election, and makes regular social-media attacks against the president and the GOP, some of which are so belligerent the group’s Democrat partners must be called to account.
On the Senate side, AO’s representing Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and others, in a public-records lawsuit against numerous federal agencies over private records related to Kavanaugh, including every email he was cc’d and bcc’d on when he served as a White House attorney way back in 2000. As the group indicated over Twitter, the suit intends to “expose” Kavanaugh’s supposed homophobia for researching on behalf of the Bush administration the feasibility of amending into the Constitution a traditional definition of marriage. More broadly, they’ve tweeted that they hope the suit will “taint him and the Court forever.”
Other social media posts from the group show their politics goes well into extremist territory. Weeks before the group filed the suit for Democrats, AO’s senior adviser, Melanie Sloan, a previous Joe Biden Senate staffer and former head of a George Soros-funded advocacy group, tweeted that then-Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Republican representing Utah, “should start planning his own funeral.” The tweet was in reference to a story about the impending funeral of then-Sen. John McCain, whose later death she also insulted over Twitter.
Elsewhere, Sloan bizarrely tweeted that Republican senators want to decriminalize rape and also accuses Calista Gingrich, the current U.S. ambassador to the Vatican and wife of former House Republican leader Newt Gingrich, of “sleeping her way” to her ambassadorship.
Shouldn’t the Senate majority leadership, or at least Sens. Romney and McSally (who took over for the retired Hatch and deceased McCain, respectively), send a letter to these six Democrats (who also include Sens. Blumenthal, Hirono, Leahy, and Whitehouse) demanding that they disavow the group’s obscene attacks on Republicans?
The same goes for Sens. Tim Scott, John Thune, and Bill Cassidy. As practicing evangelicals, they would be concerned with Sloan’s repeated diatribes against the evangelical community; for instance, her comparing of evangelical leaders to “drug kingpins and mafia bosses” and stating that any members who voted for Trump “sold their souls to the devil”—Evangelicals’ support for the GOP has been consistently high for years.
Moreover, these attacks make her look hypocritical when she repeatedly attacks the president and the entire GOP for supposedly being anti-Semitic, including for his apparent failure in showing enough sympathy to George Soros (who is Jewish) after he received a pipe bomb by post last October.
Elsewhere, Sloan’s wished death on the president’s Jewish son-in-law, Jared Kushner; has accused Vice President Pence of being gay; offered legal help to a Senate staffer who accosted the president with violent language; and bizarrely alleged in numerous tweets that the president’s actually controlled by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
As for Justice Kavanaugh himself, Sloan along with her colleagues have repeatedly called him a liar over his denial of Christine Blasey Ford’s rape allegations, and have said that his confirmation only happened because “Republican male senators are the majority” (which they weren’t then and aren’t now)—Interestingly, despite the amount of energy the group’s expending on researching Kavanaugh, one staff member breathlessly tweeted “no depths are too low” in response to conservative lawyer Ed Whelan admitting in an interview he looked up Blasey Ford’s background on LinkedIn.
Is Sloan and her organization something Democrats, especially presidential hopefuls like Harris and Booker, should be working so closely with? How can the American public expect any information Democrats source from the group to be unbiased and objective? Although Kavanaugh’s already confirmed, any damning material they unearth (however grasping it may be) will give the Left the rhetorical setting needed to delegitimize his work on the Supreme Court as well as any opinions they don’t like which turned on his vote. Republicans should demand that Democrats end their anti-Kavanaugh campaign and, most certainly, cut off all ties with this organization.