It would be an understatement to say the Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh had a rough appointment to the Court. As a nominee, Kavanaugh was embattled by several allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment leveled by credible sources. Despite this, he was confirmed to the highest court in the US.
Now, there are increased calls for his impeachment following a New York Times article that alleges further misconduct on the part of Kavanaugh. Equally strident are the calls of Kavanaugh’s supporters, who allege that the Justice is being unfairly targeted for political reasons.
The NYT Article
The NYT article in question is actually an adaptation of a chapter from an upcoming book on Kavanaugh, called “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh.” The story tells of yet another college party attended by Kavanaugh, and yet another instance of him exposing himself to a female classmate. The story, published Sunday evening, sparked immediate calls for Kavanaugh’s impeachment.
However, several critics were quick to point out what they saw as flaws in the Times’ reporting. For instance, they cite the alleged victims unwillingness to speak publicly, and her friends’ assertion that she “doesn’t remember” the incident, as evidence that this could be untrue.
As is often the case with modern American scandals, Donald Trump weighed in on the issue on Twitter. The president tweeted “The one who is actually being assaulted is Justice Kavanaugh – Assaulted by lies and Fake News! This is all about the LameStream Media working with their partner, the Dems.”
Trump, as usual, alleges that any non-Fox News sources are fake and working in tandem with the Democratic Party to undermine his administration and his court appointees. Trump has been especially heated in defending Kavanaugh, his second Supreme Court pick, as the controversy surrounding his confirmation was especially intense.
Despite some congressional Democrats calling for Kavanaugh’s impeachment and removal from office, it’s unlikely such a move would pass the Republican-controlled Senate. Due to the difficulty in impeaching Supreme Court Justices, such a move is possible, but highly unlikely.
If the 2020 election results in a Democratic majority in the Senate, however, impeachment of Kavanaugh could be a high priority on their agenda.