Multiple Democratic presidential contenders and former U.S. attorneys are calling for a new investigation into Brett Kavanaugh and the past FBI probe into his behavior as another accusation of sexual misconduct against the Supreme Court associate justice surfaced Saturday.
Classmate Max Stier told two New York Times reporters that he saw Kavanaugh with his pants down at a drunken Yale University party where friends pushed Kavanaugh’s penis into the hands of a female student. The report was similar to an allegation lodged against Kavanaugh last year by former classmate Deborah Ramirez. Stier informed senators and the FBI of the incident during Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, but it was never investigated, according to the Times. Since the piece was published on Saturday, the Times added an editors’ note to the article clarifying that the woman involved in the incident alleged by Stier declined an interview with the paper and “friends say that she does not recall the incident.”
At the time of Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, Christine Blasey Ford publicly accused Kavanaugh of pinning her to a bed and trying to take off her clothes at a high school party, and she testified before senators at the confirmation hearings.
Following the Times’ story, Democratic presidential contender Julián Castro called for Kavanaugh’s impeachment, tweeting Saturday: “It’s more clear than ever that Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath.” He called Kavanaugh’s ascendence a “shame to the Supreme Court.”
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
Rep. Sean Casten (D-Ill.) echoed Castro’s accusation that Kavanaugh lied under oath to the United States Senate, adding that the majority of senators “didn’t care.”
I don’t feel like we talk enough about the fact that Kavanaugh lied under oath to the United States Senate and the majority of United States Senators didn’t care. https://t.co/YY5OGMUqXb
— Sean Casten (@SeanCasten) September 14, 2019
However, on Sunday, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), another 2020 presidential hopeful, noted that she was one of the senators at those hearings in which “Kavanaugh lied to the U.S. Senate and most importantly to the American people.” And she also called for his impeachment.
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
Democratic presidential contender Elizabeth Warren, a senator from Massachusetts, also addressed the latest allegations on Sunday. “Confirmation is not exoneration, and these newest revelations are disturbing,” she tweeted, adding that Kavanaugh ― and Trump ― should be impeached.
Last year the Kavanaugh nomination was rammed through the Senate without a thorough examination of the allegations against him. Confirmation is not exoneration, and these newest revelations are disturbing. Like the man who appointed him, Kavanaugh should be impeached.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) September 15, 2019
Yet another Democratic presidential hopeful, former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), pushed for Kavanaugh to be impeached on Sunday afternoon.
Yesterday, we learned of another accusation against Brett Kavanaugh—one we didn't find out about before he was confirmed because the Senate forced the F.B.I. to rush its investigation to save his nomination. We know he lied under oath. He should be impeached.
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) September 15, 2019
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), another Democrat running for president, was asked about Castro’s tweet Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “My concern here is that the process was a sham,” she said of Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, noting she was on the Judiciary Committee and opposed his nomination. She did not call for his impeachment.
Let us never forget what courage looks like. pic.twitter.com/2bRD8s8sda
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) September 15, 2019
Like Klobuchar, Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden did not explicitly call for Kavanaugh’s impeachment. But the former vice president said in a statement that the Times report raises “profoundly troubling questions about the integrity of the confirmation process that put Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court in the first place.”
NEW: Vice President Joe Biden on Justice Kavanaugh, doesn't call for impeachment:
"We must follow the evidence to wherever it leads. Doing this the right way is critically important in getting the truth and restoring the American people’s faith in their government." pic.twitter.com/derwf0IS5S
— Alexi McCammond (@alexi) September 16, 2019
Biden called for further investigation into whether the Trump administration and Senate Republicans pressured the FBI to ignore evidence or witnesses in their background investigation of Kavanaugh, according to a statement obtained by Axios.
Former U.S. attorney Joyce Vance called Saturday for a “full congressional investigation” into Kavanaugh’s behavior and a probe into his past to “determine whether someone, and if so who, gave orders that kept the FBI from investigating credible allegations.”
There must be a full Congressional investigation to determine whether someone, and if so who, gave orders that kept the FBI from investigating credible allegations & speaking to witnesses who reached out to them. We were told this was a full investigation. https://t.co/sp6JhfJZti
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) September 15, 2019
Another former U.S. attorney, Harry Litman, called the FBI investigation into Kavanaugh a “total con job.”
NY Times find 7 people who heard about the Ramirez incident years before. But per WH instructions, and Senate R insistence, the FBI interviewed none of them or 18 other witnesses. The renewed background investigation was a total con job.https://t.co/MoeVUv0dce
— Harry Litman (@harrylitman) September 14, 2019
This article has been updated with more information about the Times article and comments from Biden, Harris, Klobuchar, O’Rourke and Warren.
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