Time For The Republicans To Grow A Spine.
Rep. Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
Yesterday, The Federalist Pages reported on the Senate Judiciary Committee's plans to hold hearings regarding Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation on Monday. As reported, Judge Kavanaugh is eager to answer these allegations and speak to their falsities.
Now, in a not-so-unexpected twist, the accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, through her attorney, has communicated to the Judiciary Committee that she will not appear unless an independent FBI investigation of Judge Kavanaugh is undertaken.
Blasey's request is complete and utter nonsense.
First, there is no crime for the FBI to criminally investigate as the statute of limitations has long run out. Second, the FBI has already conducted its investigation of Judge Kavanaugh in support of the hearings. For the FBI to go back and investigate this allegation is a wasteful exercise in futility, particularly in light of there being no prospects for criminal sanctions.
Third, Blasey is coming forward, as a citizen, with information she feels is necessary for the Committee to consider. As such, it is up to the Committee to consider her testimony, at its discretion, based on the credibility and relevance of the information cited. It is certainly not up to Blasey to dictate the terms by which the Committee reviews her information. Once she provides her information, the Committee would then act in whatever manner it felt appropriate.
Fortunately, thus far, Chairman Chuck Grassley has reassured the public and Dr. Blasey that the Committee will hold a hearing to consider her testimony on Monday, September 24; a hearing to be held publicly or privately, however Blasey likes. Chair Grassley should not deviate from that position.
At this point two things are becoming increasingly evident. First, the charges Dr. Blasey is bringing against Judge Kavanaugh are looking like a sham designed only to disrupt the progression of the confirmation process; a process that appears to be otherwise unavoidable. Second, the Democrats are demonstrating their desperation in their quest to delay the confirmation of a perfectly qualified candidate for the Supreme Court. And third, this is yet another example of the gross disregard the Democrats will demonstrate to the sanctity of the law and the Republic if they ever regain power.
The time has come for the Republicans to stick to their guns and demand adherence to procedure and decorum. First, it must continue with its plans to have Blasey testify on Monday. If Blasey does not do so, then the Senate must immediately move for a vote on confirmation on Tuesday. Adhering to this plan will result in the confirmation of a conservative judge to the Supreme Court in time for the upcoming judicial session. More importantly, moving in this manner will help preserve what little respect there remains for the institutions that make up our Republic; institutions that today's Democrats are all too eager to destroy.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He is the author of The Federalist Pages and serves in the Florida House of Representatives. He can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com to arrange a lecture or book signing.