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Avalanche of new Kavanaugh accusers could kill Supreme Court shot



Brett Kavanaugh
this Sept. 6, 2018 photo, Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh
waits to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the
third day of his confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in
Washington. Official Washington is scrambling Monday to assess
and manage Kavanaugh’s prospects after his accuser, Christine
Blasey Ford, revealed her identity to The Washington Post and
described an encounter she believes was attempted rape. Kavanaugh
reported to the White House amid the upheaval, but there was no
immediate word on why or whether he had been

J. Scott

  • President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett
    Kavanaugh, had his nomination rocked by additional and graphic
    accusations of sexual misconduct over the weekend.
  • A New Yorker story described an investigation by Senate
    Democrats into whether Kavanaugh exposed himself to, and
    assaulted, a woman in college on Sunday. 
  • Lawyer and activist Michael Avenatti also revealed he had a
    client that came forward with graphic allegations that Kavanaugh,
    in high school, tried to use drugs and alcohol to rape women.
  • Kavanaugh denies all allegations of misconduct and looks
    forward to a public hearing with his main accuser on Thursday,
    but the damage may have been done.
  • Kavanaugh now has to wrestle with the question of how capable
    he is in serving as a judge with these allegations, true or not,
    over his head. 

President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh,
had his nomination rocked by additional and graphic accusations
of sexual misconduct over the weekend — and his future in the
legal profession has come into question.

Senate Democrats launched an investigation of a new
allegation of sexual misconduct against

to a report in The New Yorker

 on Sunday. The
accuser, Deborah Ramirez, recalled with some difficulty a night
in the early 1980s when she claimed Kavanaugh exposed himself to
her and forced her into nonconsensual sexual contact

On the same day, political activist and lawyer
Michael Avenatti claimed
to represent a woman who had
information that Kavanaugh had tried in high school to use drugs
and alcohol to facilitate the “gang rape” of women. 

These accusations land after Christine Blasey Ford, a
professor at Palo Alto University, already derailed Kavanaugh’s
nomination proceedings with a letter alleging sexual assault at a
high school party. Ford, after some back and forth, agreed to
testify at a public hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee
on Thursday. 

Kavanaugh has not responded publicly to Avenatti’s claims,
but has categorically denied any sexual misconduct in the

“This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen,”
Kavanaugh said. “The people who knew me then know that this did
not happen, and have said so. This is a smear, plain and simple.
I look forward to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and
defending my good name — and the reputation for character and
integrity I have spent a lifetime building — against these
last-minute allegations.”

Kavanaugh now has to defend himself not against civil or
criminal charges, but rather a preponderance of seemingly
disqualifying information, and some of his fellow legal experts
now expect his race is run. 

Nearing the tipping point

Brett Kavanaugh
Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, answers a
question about guns from Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., during
a third round of questioning on the third day of his Senate
Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, Thursday, Sept. 6,
2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington, to replace retired Justice
Anthony Kennedy.


Benjamin Wittes, editor in chief of Harvard’s Lawfare
blog and someone who counts Kavanaugh as a personal friend,
said as much in an article in The

“The standard for elevation to the nation’s highest court
is not that the nominee established a ‘reasonable doubt’ that the
serious allegations against him were true,” wrote Wittes.

ven if he truly believes himself innocent, even
if he is innocent—the better part of valor is to get out

Beyond his ascension into the highest court in the US,
questions have come up about Kavanaugh’s current employment.
Harvard Law students have campaigned at their university for
an investigation into the accusations against Kavanaugh or cancel
a class he’s slated to teach there in

Additionally, any findings of misconduct could damage
Kavanaugh’s standing as a federal judge, his current job. Even
short of findings of actual misconduct, if the controversy around
Kavanaugh passes a tipping point he may find himself unable to
carry out his normal duties in service of the court. Federal
judges have resigned over such controversies in the recent

Kavanaugh never had an easy shot at confirmation as his
hearings came in the months before the 2018 Congressional midterm
elections. Before any allegations of sexual misconduct, Kavanaugh
already faced intense and personal scrutiny
and outright opposition to the timing of his

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee had misquoted him on social media
and stood accused of grandstanding for
future presidential runs
by their Republican

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