Progressive and women’s rights groups on Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court by demanding Congress open an investigation into the judge’s conduct during his confirmation hearings—as Democrats promised they would last fall.
July 9, 2018 marked the beginning of months-long protests against Kavanaugh, as advocacy groups organized demonstrations against the nominee picked by President Donald Trump.
Now, a coalition of national organizations say, Congress should begin a full probe into whether Kavanaugh committed perjury as well as multiple allegations of sexual assault—and whether the White House interfered in last year’s FBI investigation into those accusations.
“Serious questions remain about whether Kavanaugh is ultimately fit to be a Supreme Court justice, and House Democrats now have the power to get answers,” said Brian Fallon, executive director of Demand Justice, which led the coalition along with the Center for Popular Democracy, Women’s March, and CREDO Action. “House Democrats must obtain the documents that Senate Republicans worked so hard to conceal during last year’s confirmation process. The American public deserves to know the truth about Justice Kavanaugh.”
The groups delivered a petition containing 350,000 signatures to members of the House Judiciary Committee, demanding that the panel open an investigation.
When President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh a year ago, advocacy groups immediately warned that the judge had attacked abortion rights in at least one ruling in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, had indicated that he did not believe a sitting president could be indicted, and was likely to roll back the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
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