Published September 16, 2019
Four Democratic presidential candidates, including Sens. Kamala D. Harris (Calif.) and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), have called for the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh following a report in the New York Times that he allegedly committed sexually inappropriate acts while an undergraduate at Yale University in the 1980s. Whatever one thinks of the underlying charges’ merit, calling for impeachment is unjustified and simply one more log on the roaring fire of hyperpartisanship that is destroying American democracy.
The Times reported that a classmate of Kavanaugh’s, Max Stier, told senators and the FBI before Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing that he allegedly saw Kavanaugh with his pants down at a dorm party, and that Kavanaugh’s friends pushed his genitalia into a woman’s hand. The incident, which the FBI did not investigate, echoes a separate alleged incident reported prior to Kavanaugh’s hearings that he exposed himself to classmate Deborah Ramirez. Kavanaugh has denied Ramirez’s allegations and declined to comment on Stier’s account.
Democrats are using this new report to argue that the investigations into the alleged misconduct, as well as the uncorroborated allegations by Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school, were a sham and that Kavanaugh lied to senators about the allegations during his hearing.
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Henry Olsen is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.