Democratic presidential candidates, three of them with legal backgrounds, said Sunday that Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh "must be impeached," based upon the flimsiest of unsubstantiated allegations.
Other presidential hopefuls jumped on the bandwagon as well, and it will come back to bite all of them in 2020.
Having failed to derail Kavanaugh’s confirmation as an associate justice last year, they’re looking for another bite at the apple — and may any notion of due process be damned.
The impeachment calls came on the heels of uncorroborated sexual assault allegations reported in a New York Times “analysis,” written by Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly. A witness claimed that he "saw Mr. Kavanaugh with his pants down at a ... drunken dorm party, where friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student."
The Times story was based on a forthcoming Pogrebin and Kelly book, but failed to disclose several salient points.
"The book notes, quietly, that the woman ... named as having been supposedly victimized by Kavanaugh and friends denies any memory of the alleged event," observed The Federalist's Mollie Hemingway. "Seems, I don’t know, significant."
Yes, and it “seems, I don’t know, significant” to me too. It’s also painfully reminiscent of the kangaroo court confirmation process Senate Democrats put Kavanaugh through last year — based on similar unsubstantiated, uncorroborated sexual assault allegations.
Even MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said
“It was a stunning decision to leave that central fact out of an article filled with damning accusations.”
The Times story describes the sole person making this latest claim only as a "respected thought leader." The writers failed to disclose that he’s also a Democratic Clinton confidante who has “a long and contentious history” with Kavanaugh that began in their days at Yale and extends to the present, according to The Federalist.
That’s another thing that “seems, I don’t know, significant” to me. Nevertheless, the claim was enough to send Democrats running to the nearest social media microphone, and three of them should know better.
They are Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who formerly taught at Harvard Law School; former HUD Secretary Julian Castro, who is a Harvard Law School graduate; and finally Sen. Kamala Harris, who is a former California attorney general.
Warren said, “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.”
Castro tweeted, “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. ”
Harris wrote, “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.”
Daily Caller associate editor Virginia Kruta shot back, “We sat through those hearings too. We watched in shock as elected officials turned a legitimate process into a farce. We watched in horror as the presumption of innocence was turned on its head. Hear me when I say we're still watching.”
Non-lawyers calling for Kavanaugh’s removal included Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and former Rep. Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke of Texas, who claimed to “know” that Kavanaugh lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearings.
“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,” O’Rourke tweeted. “We know he lied under oath. He should be impeached.”
Perhaps he can be excused. In addition to lacking a legal background, three days earlier at last week’s Democratic presidential debate he exclaimed, “Hell yeah, we're going to take your AR-15,” an act that even CNN admits would most certainly be unconstitutional.
President Donald Trump blamed "radical left Democrats" for the calls to deny Kavanaugh his fundamental rights — especially in the face of the shaky claims presented against him.
Similarly, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blamed it on “The far left” and added that he expected “many years of service to come from Justice Kavanaugh.”
These new allegations should be considered with the same sense of disbelief in the outrageous statements coming from Democratic presidential hopefuls.
They include calls for impeachment, open borders, free college and health insurance for illegal immigrants, multi-trillion dollar climate change programs, and confiscation of legally-owned firearms.
In response, The Babylon Bee, a faith-based satirical “news” website, recently ran a headline stating: “Trump 2020 Campaign To Simply Air Unedited Footage Of Democrats Talking.”
Yep. That’ll work. That’ll work just fine.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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