New Brett Kavanaugh sexual misconduct accusation sets off calls for Supreme Court impeachment

By Jason Silverstein

/ CBS News

At least three Democratic presidential candidates called for Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh to be impeached after a new report about alleged sexual misconduct from his college years. President Trump, meanwhile, stood by Kavanaugh and said the Justice Department should "rescue" him.

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, California Sen. Kamala Harris and former HUD Secretary Julian Castro said Sunday that Kavanaugh should be taken off the nation's highest court after the latest accusation, which comes nearly a year after other misconduct allegations roiled Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings. Kavanaugh has not responded to the latest report, but denied all accusations that emerged during his confirmation process.

"Last year the Kavanaugh nomination was rammed through the Senate without a thorough examination of the allegations against him," Warren said on Twitter. "Confirmation is not exoneration, and these newest revelations are disturbing. Like the man who appointed him, Kavanaugh should be impeached."

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Harris and Castro both accused Kavanaugh of lying under oath during his Senate confirmation hearings.

I sat through those hearings. Brett Kavanaugh lied to the U.S. Senate and most importantly to the American people. He was put on the Court through a sham process and his place on the Court is an insult to the pursuit of truth and justice.

He must be impeached.

— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) September 15, 2019

It’s more clear than ever that Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath. He should be impeached.

And Congress should review the failure of the Department of Justice to properly investigate the matter. https://t.co/Yg1eh0CkNl

— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) September 15, 2019

The New York Times reported Saturday that one of Kavanaugh's Yale classmates allegedly saw him with his pants down at a drunken dorm party, with friends pushing his penis into a female student's hands, when Kavanaugh was a freshman. According to the report, the classmate told this story to senators and the FBI, but the FBI did not investigate it.

During Kavanaugh's accusation process, another Yale classmate, Deborah Ramirez, said Kavanaugh pulled down his pants at another drunken dorm party and thrust his penis at her. She said she swatted it away.

Another woman, Christine Blasey-Ford, said that when she and Kavanaugh were in high school, he drunkenly held her down on a bed, groped her, tried to pull off her clothes and covered her mouth when she tried to scream. Kavanaugh said the alleged incident never happened.

Blasey-Ford and Kavanaugh testified before Congress about the accusation, and both said they were "100 percent" certain of their version of events. The FBI investigated the accusations against Kavanaugh, but agents did not interview him, Blasey-Ford or dozens of people who said they had corroborating evidence.

The FBI has no comment on the new report but CBS News correspondent Jeff Pegues notes there were limits on what the FBI was able to do because it was an abbreviated investigation with the timetable set by Congressional leadership.

Kavanaugh was confirmed in October 2018 by the smallest Senate vote margin in nearly 140 years.

Mr. Trump defended Kavanaugh during the confirmation process and mocked Blasey-Ford's testimony. After this latest accusation, the president said that Kavanaugh should taken legal action.

"Brett Kavanaugh should start suing people for libel, or the Justice Department should come to his rescue," Mr. Trump tweeted.

The president also said on Twitter that Democrats and the accusers were trying to influence Kavanaugh's Supreme Court decisions and "scare him into turning Liberal."

An impeachment process for a Supreme Court justice would be similar to that of a president, with the House voting on impeachment and the Senate deciding on removal. So while the Democrat-controlled House could impeach Kavanaugh, he's unlikely to be removed by the Republican-led Senate. Only one Supreme Court justice has ever been impeached — Samuel Chase, in 1805 — and none has been removed.

Blasey-Ford's attorney Deborah Katz told CNN last year that Blasey-Ford does not want Kavanaugh impeached, even if Democrats take control of Congress.

Katz and a spokeswoman for the Supreme Court did not immediately comment to CBS News.

First published on September 15, 2019 / 2:21 PM

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