Over the weekend, Justice Brett Kavanaugh was officially sworn into the Supreme Court. The confirmation followed an extremely emotional few weeks as the nation criticized every move he made while defending himself against the accusations of sexual assault by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
The two were each given the opportunity to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The committee decided to send Kavanaugh forward to a Senate vote. Prior to the vote, President Trump called for a seventh FBI investigation on the judge. Ultimately, following no new evidence from the FBI, the Senate confirmed Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Now, in a twisted turn of events, Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts has sent the several judicial misconduct claims against Kavanaugh to “outside judges for investigation.” According to Forbes, he requested the Tenth Circuit to review the twelve ethics-related complaints that had been sent in.
The complaints are related to Justice Kavanaugh’s behavior at the emotional hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Reportedly, the complaints had been received prior to Kavanaugh’s confirmation. They were passed to Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson for review. Henderson had been nominated to the bench by President George H.W. Bush. She noted that over a dozen complaints warranted an impartial panel investigation, sending it to Chief Justice Roberts. Now, it is in the hands of the 10th Circuit.
Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson had said, “The complaints do not pertain to any conduct in which Judge Kavanaugh engaged as a judge. The complaints seek investigations only of the public statements he has made as a nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States.”
The complaints specifically revolve around “potential bias” that was displayed at the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing.
The judge responsible for reviewing the complaints will be Judge Timothy M. Tymkovich, the chief circuit judge of the Tenth Circuit.
According to reports, this situation has never happened before, as Justice Roberts had the complaints prior to Kavanaugh’s confirmation and yet decided to sit on them until after he was a Supreme Court Justice.
Ultimately, many people believe that the 10th Circuit will opt to dismiss the case due to the fact that Justice Kavanaugh is already sitting on the Supreme Court. The Washington Press noted that some of the judiciary’s rules on misconduct do not apply to the Supreme Court Justices.
We will continue to update as more information is revealed. Meanwhile, share your thoughts with us here. In other recent news, a world famous singer was just hospitalized over a deathly low white blood cell count.