New allegations against Kavanaugh ‘felt a little like Groundhog Day…’
(Liberty Headlines) As several Democratic presidential candidates called for the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, bitter wounds were reopened over the political effort to discredit President Donald Trump’s second court nominee at the height of the #MeToo movement.
The Senate confirmed Kavanaugh last October after emotional, widely watched hearings over an allegation of a sexual assault from his high school years made by Christine Blasey Ford. A subsequent FBI investigation determined there was no evidence to corroborate Ford’s claims.
As revelations proved the latest “scandal”—Kavanaugh’s fourth accuser to come forward with uncorroborated, weakly sourced and suspicious claims of sexual assault—Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell opened the Senate on Monday saying it “felt a little like Groundhog Day.”
McConnell’s quip likely referenced the 1993 Harold Ramis film in which Bill Murray’s character is stuck in a holding pattern repeating the same day, Feb. 2, while trapped in the quaint hamlet of Punxsutawney, Pa.
The New York Times reported over the weekend that Kavanaugh faced a separate allegation from his time at Yale University and that the FBI did not investigate the claim.
The paper later was obliged to issue a clarification on its story, noting that the alleged victim had no recollection and had declined to be interviewed.
Instead, the sole accuser and purported firsthand witness is a lawyer with close ties to cases representing Bill and Hillary Clinton.
McConnell called the Times report “yet another poorly sourced, thinly reported unsubstantiated allegation.”
The latest claim in the Times is similar to one offered during Kavanaugh’s confirmation process by Deborah Ramirez, a Yale classmate who claimed Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a drunken party.
Kavanaugh declined to comment Monday through the court’s press office, but in Senate testimony last year, he flatly denied all allegations of misconduct.
On Monday, The Associated Press learned that one Democratic senator had raised concerns to the FBI as agents were investigating.
Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., asked the FBI on Oct. 2 to speak with “one individual I would like to specifically refer you to for appropriate follow up,” according to a letter obtained by the AP.
The senator’s letter does not spell out the allegations, and the person’s name is redacted in the letter. But a person familiar with the letter confirmed Coons was referring to Max Stier, a Yale classmate of Kavanaugh’s who is the person cited in the newspaper story.
Coons’s letter to the FBI said the person had “information relevant to Ramirez’s allegations.”
Stier would later represent President Bill Clinton in his impeachment over charges of sexual misconduct and perjury while Kavanaugh was on the team working for lead investigator and prosecutor Kenneth Starr.
Stier also had close ties with a business associate who represented Hillary Clinton in the investigation surrounding her mishandling of classified State Department emails during the Obama administration.
Many Democrats are reluctant to reprise the controversy that likely cost the party Senate seats in the midterm elections.
But several Democratic presidential candidates were quick to call for Kavanaugh’s impeachment. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., said Kavanaugh “lied” to the Senate and “most importantly to the American people.” She tweeted: “He must be impeached.”
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted, “Like the man who appointed him, Kavanaugh should be impeached.”
Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke asserted in a tweet: “We know he lied under oath. He should be impeached.”
Their calls were highly unlikely to be taken up by the House Judiciary Committee, where impeachment proceedings would begin. The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said Monday that his panel is focused on impeaching Trump.
“We have the head of the FBI coming before our committee next month, and we’re certainly going to ask him about this, and we’re going to see where it goes from there,” Nadler said on WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show.”
Republicans affirmed their support for Kavanaugh. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina tweeted, “As Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I promise you Justice Kavanaugh will not be impeached over these scurrilous accusations.”
Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who cast the deciding vote to confirm Kavanauch following his exonerating FBI report, noted that the new allegations lacked an accuser.
Adapted from reports by the Associated Press.