New Allegations Against Kavanaugh Arise

Leslie Chen, Staff Writer

There are calls for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to be impeached, after an essay was published on Sept. 14 in The New York Times. The article, an excerpt from a book by Times writers, involves a previously unreported allegation of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh involving a female Yale University classmate.

The classmate, who declined to give her name, claims she allegedly saw Kavanaugh engage in sexual harassment with another female student during a college party. According to the essay, the classmate reported this story to senators and the FBI, but both parties chose not to investigate it. 

The essay also referenced Deborah Ramierz, a Yale classmate who spoke during Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings. She claimed that Kavanaugh approached her during a dorm party and attempted to sexually assault her, but she was able to get away. The article declared that this new allegation provided additional evidence for Ramierz’s story, with seven people saying that they heard about the incident long before Kavanaugh became a judge.

On Sept. 15, The New York Times came forward with an editor’s note, saying that the earlier version of the essay was missing one element of the story. The note said that the “female student declined to be interviewed and friends say that she does not recall the incident.” 

The information has since been added to the article.

This allegation comes months after Christine Blasey Ford’s from last year. In Ford’s testimony, she said that in high school, Kavanaugh had drunkenly pinned her on the bed and tried to pull off her clothes. Kavanaugh claimed that the alleged incident never happened. The FBI has since investigated the accusations against him, but agents did not interview him, Ford, or the list of people who said they had corroborating evidence. With no concrete evidence of his alleged sexual misconduct, Kavanaugh was confirmed into office on Oct. 2018 by the smallest Senate margin in 140 years.

President Donald Trump defended Kavanaugh in a series of tweets, saying that he should take legal action. “Brent Kavnaugh should start suing people for libel, or the Justice Department should come to his rescue,” Trump tweeted. 

The president also insisted that the Democrats and the accusers were trying to influence Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court decisions and “scare him into becoming more liberal.” Kavanaugh has also not personally responded to the allegations, but the Supreme Court has since issued a succinct public statement stating, “The Justice declines to comment.”

With the new allegation, many Democratic presidential candidates, including Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Julian Castro, are calling for Kavanaugh’s impeachment. Warren tweeted: “Confirmation is not exoneration, and these new revelations are disturbing. Like the man who appointed him, Kavanaugh should be impeached.” 

Regardless, this new allegation has set the Democatic base into a frenzy; they believe Kavanaugh lied about the incidents during his testimony to Congress and are seeking to get him impeached once and for all.

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