Several 2020 Democrats have called for the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh after a questionable report from the New York Times detailed an alleged sexual assault.
On Saturday, the New York Times published a story describing a party where a young Kavanaugh allegedly sexually assaulted a woman at a party while attending Yale for his undergrad. The Times spoke to Deborah Ramirez — one of the alleged victims that came forward during the confirmation hearings — who claimed that Kavanaugh exposed himself at a party and put his genitals in the hand of a woman who was also there. The alleged assault did not happen to Ramirez, but rather she just explained the situation to the Times for their report.
This would be a serious allegation if it weren’t for the developments that followed immediately after the story was published.
On Sunday, the Times updated the story with an editors note explaining that the reporters had followed up with the woman Ramirez claimed was assaulted and found out that the woman didn’t recall any such event occurring — even though she was the supposed victim.
The Times added a note to the bottom of their story:
“An earlier version of this article, which was adapted from a forthcoming book, did not include one element of the book’s account regarding an assertion by a Yale classmate that friends of Brett Kavanaugh pushed his penis into the hand of a female student at a drunken dorm party. The book reports that the female student declined to be interviewed and friends say that she does not recall the incident.”
This major detail destroyed the credibility of the story, given that the Times published a second-hand account of an assault of which the victim could not corroborate.
Still, several 2020 Democrats took the story and ran with it. Many called for further investigations into Kavanaugh while others took it further and called for his impeachment.
This new allegation and additional corroborating evidence adds to a long list of reasons why Brett Kavanaugh should not be a Supreme Court justice. I stand with survivors and countless other Americans in calling for impeachment proceedings to begin. (2/2)
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) September 16, 2019
It’s more clear than ever that Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath. He should be impeached.
And Congress should review the failure of the Department of Justice to properly investigate the matter. https://t.co/Yg1eh0CkNl
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) 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
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
Brett Kavanaugh should’ve never been sworn in. He knows it. His college buddies know it. His VICTIMS know it.
The Senate Judiciary must re-open its investigation NOW. https://t.co/EyO5C6HKqC
— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) 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.
He must be impeached.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) September 15, 2019
Several Republicans have questioned the judgment of the candidates who called for Kavanaugh’s impeachment after the sketchy report from the Times, including Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway.
Also shameful: retweeting without verification; repeating without reporting
Also shameful: Democrat presidential candidates like @KamalaHarris @BetoORourke smearing a Supreme Court Justice as a stunt to divert from sagging poll numbers & socialist ideas https://t.co/VX4VpJq18C
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) September 16, 2019