Kamala Harris Harasses Kavanaugh on Robert Mueller, Charlottesville, 'White Supremacist' Terms
On Tuesday, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of speaking with President Trump's lawyer's law firm about the Robert Mueller investigation. She did so without evidence, and while refusing to provide a list of lawyers at the firm. After this, the senator jumped down Kavanaugh's throat with a question about the white nationalist riots in Charlottesville last year.
"Judge, have you ever discussed Special Counsel Mueller or his investigation with anyone?" Harris asked. After the nominee responded that he had, the senator asked, "Have you discussed it with anyone at Kasowitz, Benson, and Torres, the law firm founded by Marc Kasowitz, President Trump's personal lawyer? Be sure about your answer, sir."
Kavanaugh, perplexed, could not remember if he knew anyone at that law firm. "Is there a person you're talking about?" The senator responded, "I'm asking you a very direct question, yes or no."
"I'm not sure, I need to know anyone who works at that law firm," the nominee explained. As the senator continued to push him, he said, "I'm just trying to think, do I know anyone at that firm." Kamala Harris cut him off, saying, "That's not my question."
"I would like to know the person you're thinking of," Kavanaugh said. "I think you're thinking of someone and you don't want to tell us," Harris countered. Can she read his mind?!
"Who did you have a conversation with?" Kamala Harris asked, acting as though the nominee's perplexed face revealed his complicity.
At this point, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) chimed in with a point of order, explaining that Washington, D.C. is full of law firms, that law firms are full of people, and it is not reasonable for Harris to assume Kavanaugh automatically knows everyone who works at this one specific law firm. He joked, "They're like rabbits, they form new firms."
"There is no possible way we can expect this witness to know who populates an entire firm," Lee said, respectfully waiting as protesters shouted him down. The Utah senator asked if there was a list of names Kavanaugh could be given.
Despite Lee's point of order, Kamala Harris repeated her question, whether or not the nominee had discussed Mueller's investigation with anyone at Kasowitz, Benson, and Torres. "You asked me that, I need to know who works there," Kavanaugh responded.