Newt Gingrich, the former GOP Speaker of the House, said on Thursday that one way the Republican Party will find out if the battle to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was “worth it” is if the Democrats subpoena President Trump’s tax returns.
Gingrich said that Democratic lawmakers would be “trapped into appealing to the Supreme Court” if they attempted to gain access to Trump’s tax returns.
“And we’ll see whether or not the Kavanaugh fight was worth it,” he said at a Washington Post event. Gingrich added that Trump does not appear to have any fear about the Democratic party’s ability to investigate.
The former speaker’s comments come less than a month after Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court after a bitter confirmation process in which he was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women. Kavanaugh has fiercely denied the allegations.
His entrance onto the nation’s highest court represented a significant moment for the bench, with Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan saying earlier this month that it’s not clear that the court would have a justice in the “middle” position anymore.
Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the House Minority Leader, said that demanding Trump’s tax returns would be one of the first things the party does if its earns back a majority in the House after the midterm elections.
Democrats need to flip at least 23 seats in the lower chamber to retake a majority and polls have shown that they have a solid chance.
“That’s the easiest thing in the world. That’s nothing,” Pelosi said when asked about the tax returns, adding that the action would represent Congress exercising its oversight role over the president.
Multiple other Democratic lawmakers have promised to find a way to reveal Trump’s tax returns.
Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) has argued that the American public deserves to know “whether or not a president is serving his interests or the public’s interests.”