Rep. Joe Neguse (D., Colo.) said Friday that the House Judiciary Committee will “likely” investigate perjury charges against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Joe Neguse, a freshman member of the Judiciary Committee, made the comments to a group of his constituents on Friday. He said that he was very concerned about perjury claims against Kavanaugh and that his committee may take steps to impeach him depending on their findings.
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“There’s no question Kavanaugh committed perjury during the confirmation hearings and so forth,” Neguse said when asked if he planned to pursue Kavanaugh’s impeachment. “I think the Judiciary Committee is likely to take that up.”
The discussion between Neguse and his audience was recorded in a video that was distributed by a conservative advocacy group.
In the video recording Neguse did not give details about which specific statements of Kavanaugh’s he believes were lies and thus constituted the crime of perjury.
It is true, however, that Kavanaugh faced several perjury accusations during his confirmation hearings. It was suggested, for example, that he lied about when he learned of the sexual-assault allegations brought against him by his former Yale classmate Deborah Ramirez. Kavanaugh told senators that he first learned of Ramirez’s claims following the publication of the New Yorker report that informed the wider public.
NBC News subsequently obtained a series of text-message exchanges between Kavanaugh and his allies in which they appear to be discussing Ramirez’s allegations in advance of the report’s publication in the New Yorker.
NBC then published a report saying that Kavanaugh misled Senate investigators.
Kavanaugh was also accused of lying to senators about the meaning of certain off-color slang terms that were written by friends in his high-school yearbook that had to do with seducing girls.
He also was accused of lying about the details of his work portfolio during his tenure working as a lawyer in the George W. Bush White House.
No charges against Kavanaugh were proven, and no investigation was ever made into the charges.
Neguse’s comments apparently are consistent with comments on the same topic made by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D., N.Y.). It was reported that Nadler had also discussed the possibility of impeaching Kavanaugh days after the midterm elections.
This latest report is sure to stir up a hornet’s nest of controversy as the right-wing accuses Democrats in the House of engaging in an unfair persecution of the beloved Supreme Court Justice. Despite this, it is important the the truth about Justice Kavanaugh be discovered, including whether he lied to Congress under oath.
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