In a column for the Washington Post, a conservative commentator highlighted a little-noticed exchange between Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh that indicated that she is holding back a bombshell that would link President Donald Trump’s appointee to the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
According to Jennifer Rubin, late Wednesday night Harris asked Kavanaugh about any communications he may have had about the Russia investigation with anyone at Kasowitz Benson Torres, the law firm founded by President Trump’s lawyer Marc Kasowitz.
Kavanaugh replied, “I would like to know the person you’re thinking of,” to which Harris cryptically shot back, “I think you’re thinking of someone and you don’t want to tell us,” which appeared to baffle the judge.
According to Rubin, Harris’ line of inquiry has observers and White House aides scrambling to see what she might have been leading up to.
“If Harris has evidence he had an inappropriate or conflict-creating interchange with the president’s lawyer, it is critical we hear about it. If not, it is unfair to leave the inference hanging out there,” Rubin wrote before adding that Harris may be restrained “because of the cockamamie restrictions on documents that Republicans have erected.”
“It is time for Democrats to cry foul, put whatever they have out there and let Republicans justify their attempts to hide the ball,” Rubin continued. “This may be a break-out moment for the junior senator from California. Harris on Tuesday showed her flair for the dramatic in raising objections over Republicans’ refusal to make hundreds of thousands of pages of documents available to the public.”
“White House paranoia runs rampant (and sometimes paranoids have reason to think someone is out to get them). The president’s mental and emotional state is called into question by his own advisers,” she explained. “Given all this, one wonders if the White House was caught flat-footed on something significant, and if it is now prepared to deal with a bobble in an all-critical nomination.’
The conservative Rubin concluded, “It’s for this very reason that it’s so critical to get all his materials out in public view and get definitive questions to senators’ answers.”
You can watch the exchange below and read Rubin’s whole piece here.