Last year’s confirmation process for now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh was a sham from the start—
inadequate and intentionally incomplete—and a thorough vetting of him and his record is more important now than ever. Impeachment proceedings in the House are the only way to finally get to the full truth, which the White House and Senate Republicans hid last year.
New evidence underscores the serious questions that remain about whether Kavanaugh sexually assaulted the women who credibly accused him—and therefore whether he lied under oath about these allegations. The White House interfered with and severely limited the FBI’s investigation–which witnesses the FBI could talk to and what questions could be asked. Now, New York Times reporters have confirmed that corroborating witnesses were turned away and never interviewed. House Democrats must conduct their own investigation.
Serious questions also remain about whether Kavanaugh lied to the Senate. Under Republican direction, the Senate requested and reviewed only a small fraction of Kavanaugh’s records, and what it did receive was provided through a partisan Republican lawyer instead of by the nonpartisan professionals at the National Archives. The few documents that were made public show that Kavanaugh was less than forthcoming, and probably outright untruthful, on a number of issues. Leaked emails have been damning.
Despite this evidence, Senator Susan Collins, who has long held herself out as a champion of women’s rights and defending Roe v. Wade, refused to consider the facts or her constituents’ opposition and voted to confirm Kavanaugh anyway.
Kavanaugh’s documents that are still concealed could show even more. House Democrats are now seeking these records, which must be made public and thoroughly examined.
Senate Republicans made a mockery of their constitutional responsibility to provide “advice and consent” on the president’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, and the American people deserve to know how and why the process was such a sham. The public is entitled to a thorough review of Kavanaugh’s record and to know whether allegations against him of sexual assault and perjury have any factual basis.
House Democrats now have the power to remedy these wrongs. Representative Ayanna Pressley has taken the lead by introducing a resolution calling for an impeachment inquiry into Kavanaugh. Join us in calling on the House to impeach Brett Kavanaugh.
— Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (@RepPressley) September 17, 2019