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Kavanaugh Controversy Picks Up Steam

Both sides of the debate are convinced they're right
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2019 2:36 PM CDT
A 2018 photo of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

(Newser) – A new allegation of sexual impropriety emerged over the weekend about Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh, but it's one of those cases where the story about the story is a thing unto itself. Where we're at: Democrats say the new allegation is cause to impeach Kavanaugh, but his defenders—including President Trump—say that it's bogus and that the way the New York Times handled the original story shows media bias. The details:

  • Impeachment? Don't hold your breath, says House Judiciary chair Jerry Nadler. But the Democrat didn't exactly give Kavanaugh supporters a reassuring reason. "We have our hands full with impeaching the president right now and that's going to take up our limited resources and time for a while," said Nadler on WNYC, per Politico. However, the Hill notes that he added: "We have the FBI coming before our committee next month and we're certainly going to ask them about this, and we'll see where it goes from there."
  • The allegation: The allegation appeared in the Times in an article adapted from a soon-to-be published book, The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation, by Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly. It alleges that Kavanaugh, while a freshman at Yale, was drunk at a dorm party when he exposed himself to a female Yale freshman.
  • The key detail: Amid criticism, the Times later amended the story to note that the female involved in the incident has told friends she has no recollection of it. The reporters heard about it through another Yale classmate named Matt Stier, who says he witnessed it. Stier now runs a nonpartisan group in DC, but critics on the right say he's biased because he once worked as a Clinton defense attorney. The Times didn't help itself when it had to apologize for an insensitive tweet about the story, notes Vox.

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