Top Democrats are dismissing calls to impeach Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, which were sparked by a new article that rehashes old allegations against the justice and included one newly reported claim, which the alleged victim doesn’t recall.
Asked about the push on Sept. 16, Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told Politico, “Get real.”
“We’ve got to get beyond this ‘impeachment is the answer to every problem.’ It’s not realistic,” Durbin said. “If that’s how we are identified in Congress, as the impeachment Congress, we run the risk that people will feel we’re ignoring the issues that mean a lot to them as families.”
“Mitch McConnell would block any impeachment. So that’s a moot point,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), a former Senate Judiciary Committee chairman.
In an interview on Sept. 16 with New York radio station WNYC, current House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) said the House is focused on trying to impeach President Donald Trump.
“We have our hands full with impeaching the president right now, and that’s going to take up our limited resources and time for a while,” Nadler said, in response to a question about the allegations against Kavanaugh. “Frankly, we are concentrating our resources on determining whether to impeach the president. Personally, I think the president ought to be impeached, but we have to concentrate on that for the next few months.”
Kavanaugh has denied all the allegations against him, and none of the accusers have been able to provide evidence from any witnesses to support their claims.
The first woman, Christine Blasey Ford, for instance, identified four people she said were present at the alleged incident. All four denied knowledge of what happened or ever being at a situation like the one she described.
A prosecutor who questioned Ford before the Senate Judiciary Committee noted that Ford’s account had multiple inconsistencies and that she had long-term and short-term memory problems.
Ford contradicted herself on the stand multiple times, such as admitting she’s flown frequently over the years when she said previously that she was scared of flying.
Julie Swetnick, another woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, was referred to the Department of Justice after she revised her claim. A witness that Swetnick identified also contradicted her account.
While top Democrats dismissed the push for impeachment, others said they were hopeful there would be an investigation.
“I’m pretty sure Jerry Nadler cares if somebody, particularly somebody is getting a lifetime appointment, whether that person lied to Congress,” Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), who supports an impeachment inquiry, told Politico. “I hope he’ll change his mind.”
Impeaching Kavanaugh would require a majority vote in the House, which is controlled by the Democrats, and a two-thirds vote in the Senate, which is controlled by Republicans. Kavanaugh was nominated by Trump, a Republican, after the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.