Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont asked President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh if he received emails that were stolen from his office in 2002 when Kavanaugh was working in President George W. Bush’s White House.
The emails were stolen by Republican operative Manuel Miranda in 2002, noted The Associated Press.
After Kavanaugh said he could not recall if he received the emails, Leahy pressed:
So you never received information from an email from a Republican staff member claiming to come from a spying on the Democratic poll?
Kavanaugh stammered as he tried to answer:
I don’t re—uh, I’m not going to rule anything out, Senator, uh, but if, if—I did I wouldn’t have thought that, uh, anything, of the, uh, literal meaning of that.
GOP chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa piped in about the emails being held in secret:
Hey, just stop a minute here! You’re talking about the period of time he was White House counsel, that material is available to everybody.
Leahy fired back:
So that bit of the material about him that’s marked “committee confidential?” If that’s what the chairman’s saying we have a whole new series of questions.