Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed to the Supreme Court, but the questions and concerns raised about his ethics are continuing to come in.
The Democratic Coalition has filed two ethics complaints against Kavanaugh in the DC Circuit:
Just last week, Brett Kavanaugh pushed back against Democrats in Congress, the Clinton family, and “left-wing opposition groups.” The partisan push back from Kavanaugh has since raised ethics questions that will likely follow him no matter where he ends up in the end, on the bench or not.
The ethical sticking points for Kavanaugh are multifold whether he joins the Supreme Court or stays on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, where he currently sits. Kavanaugh’s angry jabs at Democrats and liberal groups could be grounds for recusal requests in either court. Ethics complaints have been filed against Kavanaugh in the DC Circuit, including at least one claiming he lied about the sexual assault allegations against him. Ethics experts say there’s no precedent for what happens to those complaints if he’s elevated to the Supreme Court. For now, they’re under the purview of the DC Circuit chief judge — former Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.
If the Democrats take control of the House in November, they could launch more investigations into the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh as well as perjury allegations from his Senate testimony and other public statements. That could lead to them pursing impeachment if they find enough proof of ethical misconduct.
Stay tuned, because this fire isn’t going to be put out anytime soon.