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Kavanaugh’s Impeachment May Have Just Become a 2020 Issue

Back in the spotlight, and it’s about to get brighter. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

At least six Democratic presidential candidates have released statements calling for the impeachment or removal of Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh after new details supporting and adding to the sexual misconduct allegations against him were revealed over the weekend.

In an excerpt published Saturday from their new book, The Education of Brett Kavanaugh, New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly revealed corroborating accounts which supported Deborah Ramirez’s allegation that Kavanaugh once pulled down his pants and thrust his penis at her during a dorm party while they both attended Yale. Pogrebin and Kelly also reported a new allegation that someone else had seen Kavanaugh do something similar to another woman at an entirely different party at the school, and that the witness had informed the FBI about it. The FBI never investigated his account, the authors explained, nor the accounts of dozens of people with corroborating evidence about what happened to Ramirez — whose allegation was dismissed by Senate investigators as lacking that very evidence.

wrote in a tweet. “Like the man who appointed him, Kavanaugh should be impeached.”

tweeted the same, arguing that Kavanaugh “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.”

Julián Castro and Beto O’Rourke both tweeted that Kavanaugh lied under oath and should be impeached, and Castro called for a Congressional review of how the Justice Department handled the investigation.

Pete Buttigieg also released a statement calling for answers about the investigation, and said that “Kavanaugh should resign and if he doesn’t, the House should impeach him.”

in his response, commenting that Kavanaugh shouldn’t have been nominated in the first place and “likely lied” during his testimony. Sanders endorsed “any appropriate constitutional mechanism to hold [Kavanaugh] accountable.”

@clairecmc what Democrats should do with the latest allegation against Kavanaugh.

“I'm not sure honestly. That was such a mess. And what it did for those of us who were running, it crystallized how bad Washington is.” #MTP

— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) September 15, 2019

Joe Biden did not join the impeachment parade, either, calling only for an investigation. In a statement released Sunday night, the former vice president said that the new book’s reporting raised “profoundly troubling questions about the integrity of [Kavanaugh’s] confirmation process,” and that “we need to get to the bottom” of how it may have been influenced by the Trump administration and Senate GOP. “We must follow the evidence to wherever it leads,” the statement continued. “Doing this the right way is critically important in getting the truth and restoring the American people’s faith in their government.”

during an interview on ABC’s This Week. She said she was concerned that the process a “sham,” but said she wanted to see some documented evidence of what happened. Later, however, she celebrated Christine Blasey Ford — who testified under oath about the sexual assault she said she survived as a teen after being confronted by Kavanaugh and his friend at a party.

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— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) September 15, 2019

the Kavanaugh fight and the “witch hunt” and “smear” narratives deployed to frame it. Trump tweeted attacks on the media about Kavanaugh and suggested that “the Justice Department should come to his rescue.”

a fight worth having, and one that shouldn’t be forgotten come election year.

This post was updated to include Biden’s statement.

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