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Documents Senator Pat Leahy (D-Vermont) released Thursday seem to suggest Brett Kavanaugh committed perjury during a 2006 confirmation hearing.

During sworn testimony at a hearing on his nomination as a judge on U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Kavanaugh told then-Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Massachusetts) he was “not involved in handling” the nomination of Bill Pryor to the United States Court of Appeals.

“I am familiar generally with Mr. Pryor, but that was not one that I worked on personally,” Kavanaugh said.

However, Leahy’s document dump revealed that Kavanaugh was, in fact, invited to an “emergency umbrella meeting…. to discuss Bill Pryor’s hearing next Wednesday.”

To which Kavanaugh replied, “call me.”

Kavanaugh was later asked “How did the Pryor interview go?” He again replied, “call me.”

In Kavanaugh’s earlier hearing, denying association with Pryor’s campaign would have distanced him from a scandal involving thousands of emails a Republican staffer stole from the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee. One email Kavanaugh received about Democratic activities actually had the subject heading “spying.”

“People have friends across the aisle that they talk to, at least this was my experience back then, maybe it’s changed, and there was a lot of bipartisanship on the committee… That kind of information sharing was common, so it did not raise the red flag,” Kavanaugh told Sen. Leahy on Thursday. The Supreme Court nominee maintained that he did not have direct participation in Pryor’s campaign, and was only attached to a larger email thread.

“I was born at night, but not last night,” Leahy responded.

Committing perjury before Congress is a crime punishable by impeachment, according to a 1998 report drafted by Kavanaugh himself, which recommended Bill Clinton be impeached for lying about his affair with Monica Lewinsky.

Theoretically, Democrats could use this as grounds to call for Kavanaugh’s impeachment at any point for the rest of his career, though no party officials have yet committed to do so.

 

Nathan Wellman is a Grit Post contributing editor in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter: @LIGHTNINGWOW. You can also email him at info AT gritpost DOT com.

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