A liberal Democratic group says it is heavily investigating in order to find damaging information about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh amid the upcoming contentious confirmation battle in the U.S. Senate, Fox News informed.
American Bridge, a liberal political action committee that raised nearly $20 million in the last election, reportedly sent one of its political researchers to the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas this week to go through its voluminous archives for any damaging information about Kavanaugh’s five years as a staff secretary and aide to the former president.
“We believe the public deserves to know the truth about Trump’s nominee’s beliefs, record, and qualifications, so we are undertaking an aggressive and thorough vet of Brett Kavanaugh,” Harrell Kirstein, communications director for American Bridge, told the Dallas Morning News. “We’re leaving no stone unturned. The stakes are too high.”
The rush to find so-called opposition research came after President Donald Trump on Monday selected Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the nation’s highest court.
The retirement of Kennedy, who will turn 82 on July 23, alerted progressives and liberals, who fear that Trump’s appointee could swing the court rightward for decades to come.
The liberal PAC revealed Tuesday that it will pursue multiple Freedom of Information Act requests and send its operatives to the library to find out about Kavanaugh’s political work. Researchers will also look at the nominee’s corporate and nonprofit ties and other records.
The group admits it won’t be focusing on Kavanaugh’s career or conduct legal vetting, but instead will target his personal life and views on issues in a bid to uncover “new information to add to the conversation.”