Sen. Maize Hirono (D-HI) made it clear that an investigation of the accusation of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh is coming even if he is confirmed to the Supreme Court.
TAPPER: So, we only have a little bit of time, but I just want to ask you.
Sheldon Whitehouse told me, the senator from Rhode Island, told me this week that, if Democrats win back the Senate or the House, when you guys get gavels back, as he put it, there will be an investigation against Kavanaugh, even if he is a Supreme — sitting Supreme Court justice.
Does that set the stage for an attempted — a potential impeachment of Kavanaugh?
HIRONO: Frankly, I have such concerns about this person getting to the Supreme Court.
But, on the other hand, we know that — I know that Maryland has eliminated the statute of limitations for kidnapping and for sexual assault of a minor. And I think that is still out there.
And so there may be an investigation along those lines. So, I think that this is a situation that is not going to go away. The court- packing is going on big time, with people from the Federalist Society anointed, The Heritage Foundation.
And they have spent decades and millions of dollars to lay the groundwork for people like Judge Kavanaugh and everybody else to get on the court with their very outcome-driven agenda that will not support women’s right to choose, that, basically, for Judge Kavanaugh in particular, very expansive views of protecting a sitting president from either criminal or civil proceedings.
And I think this president in particular is aware of that, because you know what? His mission is self-preservation every second, minute, hour of the day.
Brett Kavanaugh’s Problems Are Just Beginning
The point that Democrats are making is very clear. If Republicans jam Kavanaugh‘s confirmation through the Senate, they will be setting themselves and Kavanaugh up for the kind of investigation and scrutiny that will be ten times what they are going out of their way to avoid.
The investigation is coming, whether it comes from the state of Maryland or the House and Senate.
If Kavanaugh committed this crime, he will not get away with.
An innocent person who wants to clear their name doesn’t block an investigation.
Republicans would be wise to either pressure Trump to withdraw the nomination, or reject Kavanaugh in a confirmation vote, because confirming him is going to work out worse for them in the long-term than the short-term cost of cutting him loose.
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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