Chief Justice Roberts Addresses Brett Kavanaugh Ethics Complaints

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Chief Justice John Roberts has referred complaints against the newly appointed Supreme Court Justice, Brett Kavanaugh, to federal judges in Colorado and some neighboring states. 

A total of 15 complaints focus on statements Judge Kavanaugh made during his confirmation hearings. They were all originally filed with the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which was Kavanaugh’s former federal court. The latest was just filed on last Wednesday while the battle over his confirmation was still going on. 

Two of the complaints are known to have been filed by filed by the Democratic Coalition, a political action group. The first was filed on September 10, before the allegations of sexual assault came out. It accused Kavanaugh of lying when he told the Senate Judiciary Committee he didn’t know he received information stolen from Senate Democrats when he was working in the Bush White House in the early 2000s.

The second was filed on September 27th. It claims Kavanaugh violated the judiciary’s code of conduct by “engaging in a public and partisan campaign of lies to cover-up and conceal sexual misconduct and crimes he committed in the past.”

Roberts said in a letter posted Wednesday on the D.C. Circuit website that he has asked judges who handle ethics complaints for the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to deal with the complaints.

In a statement issued Saturday, D.C. Circuit Judge Karen Henderson said the complaints “seek investigations … of the public statements he has made as a nominee to the Supreme Court.”

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Ironically these complaints would ultimately have come under the supervision of Merick Garland, the Supreme Court nominee put forward by President Obama who never got a Senate confirmation hearing.

Garland is chief judge of the D.C. circuit court of appeals, but recused himself from the ethics investigation process earlier this week.

Discipline under those rules could have ranged from Kavanaugh getting a reprimand by the chief judge on his circuit, which would have been Garland; to a suspension from hearing cases; and even to a referral to the House of Representatives for possible impeachment proceedings.

Credit: Daily Mail