President Donald Trump took a victory lap Monday at the White House, patting himself on the back for nominating Brett Kavanaugh and getting the controversial judge confirmed to the Supreme Court over the weekend. The president even boasted that Kavanaugh had been “proven innocent” of sexual assault allegations.
But as MSNBC host Joy Reid pointed out Monday evening while guest hosting “The Rachel Maddow Show,” there are more shoes yet to drop when it comes to the new Supreme Court justice:
“We really do not have a road map for how to handle the prospect of a Supreme Court justice with so many outstanding complaints or potential complaints against him.”
Reid then carefully laid out the potential landmines that remain:
“This particular Supreme Court nomination has left a lot of loose ends hanging. There are thousands, if not millions, of documents related to Brett Kavanaugh’s time in the George W. Bush White House that the Senate and the public never got to see. More of those documents will be released, and even more will be foia’d over time, and more evidence may emerge that Kavanaugh lied under oath about his activities during that time.”
Lying under oath is perjury, and that alone would be reason enough for impeachment proceedings.
And then there’s the matter of the numerous complaints filed against the judge:
“We’ve also learned that Chief Justice John Roberts has received more than a dozen judicial misconduct complaints against Kavanaugh passed along by a judge on the D.C. Court of appeals where Kavanaugh was a judge until this weekend. We don’t know what if anything may become of those complaints now that Kavanaugh is the chief justice’s colleague.”
But perhaps most troubling for Kavanaugh and the White House are the rumblings that more women may soon come forward alleging the judge engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior:
“And The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow, who broke the story of Kavanaugh accuser Deborah Ramirez, hinted this weekend there might be more accusers yet to share their stories of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh.”
Justice Kavanaugh might not want to get too comfortable in his new office at the Supreme Court. He may not be there for very long.
— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) October 9, 2018
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