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Dems Use Same Word Reacting to Kavanaugh Allegations

At least 4 are calling for his impeachment
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 15, 2019 4:00 PM CDT
Dems Respond to the Latest Kavanaugh Allegations
In this Oct. 8, 2018, file photo, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh stands before a ceremonial swearing-in in the East Room of the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

(Newser) – Several Democratic presidential candidates on Sunday lined up to call for the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in the face of a new, uninvestigated, allegation of sexual impropriety when he was in college, the AP reports. Kavanaugh was confirmed last October after emotional hearings in the Senate over a sexual assault allegation from his high school years. The New York Times now reports that Kavanaugh faced a separate allegation from his time at Yale University and that the FBI did not investigate the claim. The latest claim mirrors one offered during his confirmation process by Deborah Ramirez, a Yale classmate who claimed Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a drunken party. Among the reactions:

  • Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., said after the new report that "Brett Kavanaugh lied to the US Senate and most importantly to the American people." She tweeted: "He must be impeached."

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  • A 2020 rival, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, tweeted that "Confirmation is not exoneration, and these newest revelations are disturbing. Like the man who appointed him, Kavanaugh should be impeached."
  • Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke asserted in a tweet, "We know he lied under oath. He should be impeached." He accused the GOP-run Senate of forcing the FBI "to rush its investigation to save his nomination."
  • Their comments followed similar ones from Julian Castro, a former US housing secretary, on Saturday night. "It's more clear than ever that Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath," he tweeted. "He should be impeached and Congress should review the failure of the Department of Justice to properly investigate the matter."
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont didn't refer to impeachment by name in a tweet Sunday, but said he would "support any appropriate constitutional mechanism" to hold Kavanaugh "accountable."
  • Trump, who fiercely defended Kavanaugh during his contentious confirmation process, dismissed the latest allegation as "lies."

(Read about about the latest allegations.)

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