2020 Democratic presidential candidates are calling for Justice Brett Kavanaugh's impeachment after the New York Times published an excerpt from a book with claims about a new accuser and sexual assault allegation against the sitting justice.
Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) reminded voters that they opposed Kavanaugh's confirmation last fall.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Justice Brett Kavanaugh: "I strongly opposed him, based on his views on executive power, which will continue to haunt our country, as well as how he behaved, including the allegations that we are hearing more about today" https://t.co/gxl9RihwwF pic.twitter.com/pvjUbSfTS9— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) September 15, 2019
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.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) September 15, 2019
He must be impeached.
But each of the presidential candidates had one common talking point: they felt the Department of Justice failed to properly investigate the allegations made by Deborah Ramirez and Christine Blasey Ford. And, because of that, they believe Kavanaugh should be impeached.
It’s more clear than ever that Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath. He should be impeached.— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) September 15, 2019
And Congress should review the failure of the Department of Justice to properly investigate the matter. https://t.co/Yg1eh0CkNl
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
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
As a federal judge who overwhelmingly sided with corporate power and Wall Street, Brett Kavanaugh should never have been nominated.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) September 15, 2019
Supreme Court justices are not above the law. Someone who sits in judgment over the nation should have the highest integrity.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) September 15, 2019
The revelations today confirm what we already knew: During his hearing, Kavanaugh faced credible accusations and likely lied to Congress. I support any appropriate constitutional mechanism to hold him accountable.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) September 15, 2019
Although the Times claims to have this "new allegation" before them, a previous Times piece said they couldn't find any corroborating evidence of Ramirez's claims:
The Times had interviewed several dozen people over the past week in an attempt to corroborate her story, and could find no one with firsthand knowledge. Ms. Ramirez herself contacted former Yale classmates asking if they recalled the incident and told some of them that she could not be certain Mr. Kavanaugh was the one who exposed himself.