Top Judiciary Dem: No plans to investigate or impeach Kavanaugh

Top Judiciary Dem: No plans to investigate or impeach Kavanaugh
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Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) on Sunday said the House Judiciary Committee has no plans to investigate or impeach Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughLiberal, conservative Supreme Court justices unite in praising Stevens The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment Former Justice John Paul Stevens dies at age 99 MORE

Nadler, the ranking member and likely next chairman of the panel, added on CNN's "State of the Union" that a reporter claiming to have overheard him discussing plans to impeach Kavanaugh was "not telling the truth."

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"I’m not going to comment on a private conversation with a friend," Nadler said, referring to a report in The Federalist. The conservative news outlet last week reported that Nadler was overheard on the phone discussing Democrats' plans to investigate and impeach Kavanaugh. 

Nadler added that, while the committee won't investigate or seek to impeach Kavanaugh, it will look into whether the FBI investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against the justice was adequate.

That investigation was launched following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against the then-Supreme Court nominee. Democrats have criticized the White House for instructing the FBI to limit the scope of that investigation.

"One of the things the committee has to do is investigate the question of the FBI not doing a proper investigation because of White House interference so that we can do whatever’s necessary to make sure that investigations in the future are adequate," Nadler said Sunday.

Nadler also said Sunday that Democrats have no plans to bring impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald John TrumpAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Trump blasts 'corrupt' Puerto Rico's leaders amid political crisis MORE. That is consistent with the stance of others in Democratic leadership, who have downplayed the possibility of impeaching the president. 

Nadler added that he sees many "potential" cases for impeachment but that Democrats must wait to see the findings of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE's investigation into Russia's election interference.

"We’ll then have to make judgments," Nadler said. "I certainly hope that we will not find a necessity for an impeachment, but you can’t rule that out.”