President Donald Trump Monday said Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has been "assaulted by lies and Fake News" through The New York Times and its report on a book discussing the justice's early life and claims of sexual assault during his college years, adding that the media giant "should be sued".
The New York Times has had to walk back the article by printing a revised version last night in which it acknowledged and included the important information that was left out. The alleged victim in this case, however, declined to be interviewed, and friends told Times reporters that she didn't remember the incident.
A number of Democratic lawmakers called for the FBI to investigate Swetnick's claim during the confirmation hearings, including Harris, Sen.
The new reports reopened some of the bitter, partisan divisions that accompanied Kavanaugh's confirmation. The Times later added an editors' note clarifying that the other female student "declined to be interviewed and friends say that she does not recall the incident".
During the hearings, Kavanaugh stated under oath that he was never so drunk that he would pass out or forget what he'd done while intoxicated.
So it could be suggested that this more modern precedent might permit Brett Michael Kavanaugh to be impeached, and ultimately removed from office, for wrongdoings committed prior to taking office, especially if they involved and allegedly influenced the confirmation process itself.
Collins at the time called the investigation "very thorough" and reviewed copies of FBI interviews before delivering her climactic speech.
Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee who is facing a hard reelection of his own, called the reemergence of the Kavanaugh controversy "an absolute disgrace". "We need to get to the bottom of whether the Trump administration and Senate Republicans pressured the Federal Bureau of Investigation to ignore evidence or prevented them from following up on leads", it said.
The following Saturday, Oct. 6, the Senate confirmed Kavanaugh by a largely party-line vote of 50-48, the narrowest margin of support for a new justice since 1881. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who tweeted Sunday that "the revelations today confirm what we already knew: During his hearing, Kavanaugh faced credible accusations and likely lied to Congress". Ramirez's lawyers provided the Federal Bureau of Investigation the names of roughly 20 people, but few if any were ever interviewed.
But Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was having none of it. Monday afternoon, Graham announced on Twitter "Kavanaugh will not be impeached over these scurrilous accusations".