Updating the Brett Kavanaugh Case

Brianna Skaff

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          Brett Kavanaugh became very well known to the public when President Donald Trump nominated him to the Supreme Court in 2018, and was instituted on October 6. However, Kavanaugh went through multiple trials before he was elected. Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual assault multiple times from multiple women, leading to a case being opened in 2018.

         Now, new evidence has been published resulting in questions yet to be unanswered. The New York Times excerpt from a new book, The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation, was published on September 14 by Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, with new information about sexual misconduct relating to Kavanaugh. The article goes into details about Deborah Ramirez sexual assault experience back in 1983, where Ramirez and Kavanaugh attended Yale together. She credits the experience at a college party her freshman year to destroying her reputation.

         Ramirez notes that “I had gone through high school, I’m the good girl, and now, in one evening, it was all ripped away.” Kavanaugh denied Ramirez’s claims as well as claims from Christine Blasey Ford, a woman who attended a high school close to Kavanaughs, as well as an encounter from Max Stier that he witnessed at a different Yale college party.

         Since the article had been published, it has gained national awareness, with Democratic candidates calling for impeachment and Republicans bringing up a defense. With the book detailing witnesses to both Ramirez’s and Ford’s accounts, the ultimate ruling of the cases lacking collaboration is now under scrutiny. Many Democrats and Republicans took to Twitter to exclaim their opinions.

        Senator Elizabeth Warren expressed her displeasure saying “These newest revelations are disturbing, like the man who appointed him, Kavanaugh should be impeached.”

       Echoing Warren’s statement, Democratic presidential candidate, Kamala Harris, wrote “He was put on the Court through a sham process and his place on the Court is an insult to the pursuit of truth and justice.”

       Former Vice President, Joe Biden, also took to twitter, exclaiming that the investigation to be continued, and questioned whether the investigators were pressured into withholding / not further examining evidence.

       On the other side, Republicans, including President Trump, came to Kavanaugh’s defense. Trump issued a tweet exclaiming “He is an innocent man who has been treated HORRIBLY,” he wrote. “Such lies about him. They want to scare him into turning Liberal!”

      Trump also suggested that the Justice Department should be coming to Kavannaughs defense, and he should start suing people for libel against him. Mitch Mconnel, the Senate Republican Majority Leader stated that the “far left’s willingness to seize on completely uncorroborated and unsubstantiated allegations during last year’s confirmation process was a dark and embarrassing chapter for the Senate.” The chairwoman of the Republican National Commitee, Ronna McDaniel chimed in issuing that the “The New York Times should be ashamed of this smear on Justice Kavanaugh.”

No stranger to the news, students have already formed their opinion on Kavanaugh, and for some, the new allegations have made them angrier. Senior, Will Lewis, recounts his opinion on Kavanaugh and the case; “Brett Kavanaugh, a man of many controversies is once again under the national spotlight for sexual misconduct allegations. His very presence on the court brings shame not only on our values as Americans but as human beings.” The country will see where this investigation leads, and if the allegations will be fully examined, but for now, Kavanaugh’s position in politics still remains steady.