The leftists are getting all giddy because they think that this could be the first step towards impeachment. They should cool their engines. Here’s why…
Fifteen complaints have been filed against Justice Kavanaugh stemming from statements that he made during his confirmation hearing. The complaints were filed last Wednesday as his confirmation process was still underway and they were all were filed with his old court, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Buzzfeed reports that two of the complaints were filed by a political action group, the Democratic Coalition.
The first was filed on September 10, before the allegations of sexual assault came out, and accused Kavanaugh of lying when he told the Senate Judiciary Committee he didn’t know he received information stolen from Senate Democrats when he was working in the Bush White House in the early 2000s.
The second, filed September 27, claims Kavanaugh violated the judiciary’s code of conduct by ‘engaging in a public and partisan campaign of lies to cover-up and conceal sexual misconduct and crimes he committed in the past.’
Those don’t seem like trumped-up partisan charges at all, right?
Still, Chief Justice Roberts is doing his due diligence to investigate the complaints and has referred it to an arms-length court.
Roberts said in a letter posted Wednesday on the D.C. Circuit website that he has asked judges who handle ethics complaints for the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to deal with the complaints.
In a statement issued Saturday, D.C. Circuit Judge Karen Henderson said the complaints only ‘seek investigations … of the public statements he has made as a nominee to the Supreme Court.’
The whole thing is a bit sticky. The complaints were filed when Kavanaugh was a federal court judge, which made him subject to the conduct rules that are overseen by Justice Roberts himself. Additionally, Kavanaugh would have been under the supervision of the Chief Justice of the D.C. Court of Appeals, Judge Merrick Garland, the Supreme Court nominee that was put forward by President Obama and did not receive a hearing. Earlier this week, Judge Garland recused himself from the investigation into ethics complaints against Kavanaugh.
Discipline under those rules could have ranged from Kavanaugh getting a private talking-to by the chief judge on his circuit -Garland – to a suspension from hearing cases and even to a referral to the House of Representatives for possible impeachment proceedings.
It is however unclear what Justice Roberts can do if there is an adverse finding by the judges now considering the complaints. Supreme Court justices only answer to Congress.
There are also no defined rules for the justices.
While Kavanaugh’s political rhetoric during his fiery hearing could lead to calls for recusal on certain cases should he be elevated to the high court, he’s under no obligation to do so.
Source: Daily Mail
Kavanaugh’s opening remarks were indeed fiery which have called many on the left to question his ‘temperament’ for the Supreme Court in their last-ditch attempt to keep him from Justice Kennedy’s seat.
But they failed.
And the Dems are hanging their hopes on ethics complaints by partisans.
Well, that and their ‘new’ Chicago Way tactics:
But don’t call them a mob! The Media (D) will get upset.
SUPERcut of reporters telling people to not use the "mob" word cut with video of the mob. pic.twitter.com/o2tgNZMEv5
— Andrew Kugle (@AndrewJKugle) October 11, 2018
Good luck with that, leftists.