‘We will particularly focus on making sure House Democrats know that progressives expect them to use their full power to get Kavanaugh off the bench…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Even before Justice Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in on Saturday, Democrats were looking for ways to remove him from the bench.
Their new plan of attack is to try for his impeachment, questioning his judicial temperament and ability to make fair, unbiased decisions. A petition to impeach Kavanaugh has circulated hundreds of progressive groups already, gathering more than 125,000 signatures. These groups have also raised money to fund the impeachment effort, NBC News reported.
“An accused sexual predator who committed perjury by repeatedly lying under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee has no business being a judge — period,” Heidi Hess, co-director of the liberal group CREDO Action, a progressive group responsible for organizing the impeachment petition.
Democrats are relying on the upcoming midterm elections. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said if the Democrats retake the House in November, he would become the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and as such, he would re-open an investigation into Kavanaugh.
“Accountability is what has been missing under the Republicans,” Nadler said, according to NBC. “This is something we have to address, in the interest of the American people and for the health and future of our democracy.”
Nadler said another investigation into the allegations of sexual assault made against Kavanaugh would include a subpoena of White House and FBI records. He also said it would interview witnesses the FBI declined to question. The FBI concluded its supplemental background investigation into the allegations on Friday, and did not uncover evidence that corroborated any of the claims.
Hess said the progressive groups funding the impeachment effort are specifically focusing on the House, since Democrats have a higher chance of flipping representative seats than they do in the Senate.
“We will particularly focus on making sure House Democrats know that progressives expect them to use their full power to get Kavanaugh off the bench if they gain control of the House,” she added. “A majority of Americans opposed Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court and we believe a majority will ultimately support his impeachment as well.”
But as with the initial sexual assault accusations against Kavanaugh, Democrats also run the risk of overplaying their hand by making impeachment a campaign issue. Republican pundits and politicians such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have noted that the perceived mistreatment Kavanaugh was particularly effective in mobilizing the conservative base, and has by some accounts helped to erase a Democratic advantage going into the Nov. 6 midterms.
An Oct. 7 story on left-leaning Yahoo News about Sen. Cory Booker floating the possibility of a Kavanaugh impeachment had garnered more than 22,000 comments the day after it ran.
By far, the bulk of responses expressed their clear support for Kavanaugh and opposition to Booker, who himself has admitted to at least one groping incident as a teenager. The “thumbs up” likes on comments favoring Kavanaugh, some in the thousands, outnumbered the “thumbs down” nearly 10 to 1 in many instances, with no clear sign that a conservative site, such as the Drudge Report, was directing traffic to the page.
In a Friday night tweet, after it became clear that Kavanaugh would secure the confirmation, President Donald Trump welcomed the fight to come, seeing threats of impeachment as the best way to protect the Republican majority in Congress.
Trump supporters – The fight isn’t over. You better believe that Democrats are going to do everything in their power to impeach Kavanuagh from the Supreme Court if they take control of Congress in November.
This is war. Time to fight. Vote on Nov 6 to protect the Supreme Court!
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 5, 2018