Despite the best efforts of a lot of very good people, the Brett Kavanaugh nomination process is over, and he will take his seat on the Supreme Court. But even years from now, many of us will still be wondering – what if?
What if the FBI had carried out an extensive investigation, interviewing all of the credible witnesses suggested by Kavanaugh’s accusers? What if enough evidence were gathered to prove that he had not only lied, but that he was guilty of sexual assault, and perhaps of other crimes – not to mention lying while under oath?
Millions of Americans will continue to be outraged by how the investigation was handled, and there is talk of the next Congress trying to impeach Kavanaugh. But do we really have a case?
A majority of U.S. Senators implicitly accepted that the F.B.I. did not find any evidence to prove Kavanaugh’s guilt of sexually assaulting Christine Blasey Ford. And, in fairness, perhaps they didn’t.
But, of course, we also know that that investigation was severely restricted by the Republican majority on the Senate Judiciary Committee and by the Trump administration.
So what can we do? Here’s an idea: Let’s crowd-fund our own investigation conducted by a blue-ribbon commission of nationally recognized legal authorities.
It can take sworn testimony from all the witnesses who had volunteered to be interviewed by the F.B.I., but were ignored. Let’s appoint Republican and Democratic legal experts to the commission and hold hundreds of public hearings.
Such a process will not only lead us to the truth, but it will ultimately provide satisfactory closure not just for Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, but to the American people.