Rep. Ayanna Pressley Introduces Impeachment Resolution For Brett Kavanaugh
Pressley says Kavanaugh "has proven himself to be unhinged, unfit, and unqualified."
September 17, 2019 at 11:43 pm
Rep. Ayanna Pressley has introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives to hold an impeachment inquiry into Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh due to an essay on one of the women allegedly accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in 1983.
The New York Times piece, posted Saturday, provides more information into the allegation Kavanaugh exposed himself to Yale classmate Deborah Ramirez. The Times article claims Kavanaugh put his exposed bottom half in Ramirez's face, causing her to "inadvertently" touch Kavanaugh's exposed part. Ramirez made the allegation first in 2018, though the essay dives deeper and features statements from Ramirez.
“I had gone through high school, I’m the good girl, and now, in one evening, it was all ripped away,” Ramirez said to The Times. The publication wrote, "By preying upon [Ramirez] in this way, she added, Mr. Kavanaugh and his friends '[made] it clear I’m not smart.'"
Kavanaugh has also been accused of sexual misconduct by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford; who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2018. Saturday's essay detailed new information in regards to Ramirez's case against Kavanaugh, including the claim that F.B.I. did not interview the near 25 people available to corroborate Ramirez's statements.
Pressley joins other officials in the impeachment inquiry. Presidential hopefuls Sens. Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren are also seeking Kavanaugh's removal.
A year ago, we stood in community to oppose Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Today, I introduced a resolution calling for his impeachment. I still believe Christine Blasey Ford. I still believe Deborah Ramirez. #ImpeachKavanaugh
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) September 17, 2019
“Justice should not be a partisan issue and I am supremely confident Kavanaugh has proven himself to be unhinged, unfit, and unqualified,” Pressley wrote in a statement to a Boston public radio on Monday. “Kavanaugh’s tenure on the bench will be indelibly colored by the stories of Ford, Deborah Ramirez, and Julie Swetnick.”
But not all agree with those officials. Sen. Dick Durbin teamed with Rep. Jerry Nadler asking Congress members to slow down on calls for impeachment.
"We’ve got to get beyond this ‘impeachment is the answer to every problem.’ It’s not realistic," Durbin said to Politico. "If that’s how we are identified in Congress, as the impeachment Congress, we run the risk that people will feel we’re ignoring the issues that mean a lot to them as families."
Still, Pressley pushes forward.
“Sexual predators do not deserve a seat on the nation’s highest court and Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process set a dangerous precedent,” Pressley said. “We must demand justice for survivors and hold Kavanaugh accountable for his actions.”
Republican members have pointed to an editor's note put out after the publishing of The New York Times essay as discounting the allegations within it. The note claims Ramirez declined to be interviewed and adds friends of hers said she did not recall the incident.