New Allegations Against Justice Brett Kavanaugh Lead To Calls Of Impeachment
Only one Supreme Court justice has ever been impeached in the history of the nation.
September 16, 2019 at 11:30 pm
Nearly one year into his Supreme Court appointment, Democrats are calling for Justice Brett Kavanaugh's impeachment due to a new report of sexual misconduct against him in The New York Times. Before Kavanaugh's 2018 confirmation, Deborah Ramirez made the accusation against Kavanaugh to The New Yorker.
Ramirez claimed at some point during a dorm party in the 1983-1984 academic year, Kavanaugh "thrust his penis in her face" causing her "to touch it without her consent." Kavanaugh denied the allegations on multiple occasions during his confirmation hearing, while being questioned about other allegations by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
“Brett M. Kavanaugh lied to the U.S. Senate and most importantly to the American people,” said 2020 candidate Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) on Sunday of last year’s confirmation hearings. “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.”
Following the release of the story Saturday night, Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and former housing and urban development secretary Julián Castro, have also called for the justice's removal.
The process for impeaching a Supreme Court justice is the same as it would be for a president and has only led to one justice in the history of the nation being impeached. The U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach Associate Justice Samuel Chase in 1804, but he was acquitted by the Senate and remained on the court until his death in 1811, according to the History Channel.
Since the release of the story the New York Times stated in an editor's note that the female student at the center of the allegation "declined to be interviewed and friends say that she does not recall the incident." Republicans, like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, have begun to point to the correction put out by The Times in defense of Kavanaugh from calls for his Impeachment.
"Read stunning NYT CORRECTION. If a high school freshman did this on a school paper, he'd get an F," Cruz wrote on Twitter. "This is an outfit that has won multiple Pulitzers; presumably they know how to be actual journalists. It's almost as if the reporters, editors, publisher have a political agenda."
READ stunning NYT CORRECTION. If a high-school freshman did this on a school paper, he’d get an F. This is an outfit that has won multiple Pulitzers; presumably they know how to be actual journalists. It’s almost as if the reporters, editors, publisher have a political agenda…. https://t.co/8YrwOJJTQE
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) September 16, 2019
The paper has also come under pressure from President Trump over its story when he recently tweeted a recommendation Kavanaugh should explore legal action.
Just Out: “Kavanaugh accuser doesn’t recall incident.” @foxandfriends DO YOU BELIEVE WHAT THESE HORRIBLE PEOPLE WILL DO OR SAY. They are looking to destroy, and influence his opinions – but played the game badly. They should be sued!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2019
The New York Times piece was adapted from a forthcoming book, "The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation," which is expected to be released Tuesday.