Ayanna Pressley will bring impeachment articles against Kavanaugh

Ayanna Pressley will bring impeachment articles against Kavanaugh

Nicholas Wu

USA TODAY

Published 1:05 PM EDT Sep 17, 2019

WASHINGTON – Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., will introduce an impeachment resolution against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh following a new report of sexual misconduct. 

“I believe Christine Blasey Ford. I believe Deborah Ramirez. It is our responsibility to collectively affirm the dignity and humanity of survivors,” she said in a statement to Boston public radio station WBUR.

Pressley was referring to the two women who had accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct during his contentious nomination process last October.  

“Sexual predators do not deserve a seat on the nation’s highest court and Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process set a dangerous precedent,” Pressley also said in her statement to WBUR. “We must demand justice for survivors and hold Kavanaugh accountable for his actions.”

Politico reported that the resolution will ask the House Judiciary Committee to investigate the possibility of impeachment. 

Democratic leadership, though, seems to have little appetite for a fight over impeachment, and the resolution is unlikely to go anywhere. 

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the number-two Senate Democrat, told Politico on Monday that “We’ve got to get beyond this ‘impeachment is the answer to every problem.’ It’s not realistic.” 

“If that’s how we are identified in Congress, as the impeachment Congress, we run the risk that people will feel we’re ignoring the issues that mean a lot to them as families,” he continued. 

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An essay published in the New York Times on Sept. 14 adapted from a forthcoming book about Kavanaugh included reporting about a newly surfaced misconduct allegation, as well as potential corroborating evidence for another allegation, sparked calls among Democrats for the justice’s impeachment and investigation.

The New York Times later added a note to the article about one of the incidents in which reportedly Kavanaugh’s “friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student,” stating that “The book reports that the female student declined to be interviewed and friends say that she does not recall the incident.”

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations. 

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Any attempt at impeaching Kavanaugh is unlikely by successful in the Republican-controlled Senate. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday called impeachment a “laughable suggestion.” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham vowed that Kavanaugh will not be impeached “over these scurrilous accusations.”

Only once has a Supreme Court justice been impeached. Samuel Chase, a Federalist justice appointed by President George Washington, was impeached by a Democratic-Republican House in 1804 for “arbitrary, oppressive, and unjust” decisions on the court.

The Senate declined to remove him from office. 

Contributing: Richard Wolf 


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