Saturday night, The New York Times dropped a new bombshell on now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, as two of its reporters, in an excerpt from a forthcoming book on the Kavanaugh hearings, suggested, based on the word of a former Democratic operative, that Kavanaugh dropped his pants while attending a campus party at Yale and enlisted the help of two classmates to sexually assault a female.
It took only hours for alert readers of the Times to note that the two reporters undercut their own story in a complete version of the book chapter; in the next paragraph, the two reporters say that the accusation couldn’t be corroborated and that the woman at the center of the incident denies it ever happened.
It took the Times a mere 36 hours to issue an “explanation,” but it took several Democratic presidential candidates only minutes to jump on the story and call for Kavanaugh’s resignation — and barring that, immediate impeachment and removal from the Supreme Court.
“We also uncovered a previously unreported story about Mr. Kavanaugh in his freshman year that echoes Ms. Ramirez’s allegation,” according to the Times, referencing a claim against Kavanaugh made by a woman named Deborah Ramirez, which the Senate and the FBI found incredible. “A classmate, Max Stier, saw Mr. Kavanaugh with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party, where friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student.”
“The female student declined to be interviewed and friends say she does not recall the episode,” the Times added Monday morning, undercutting their fervent reporting.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was, apparently, the first to jump on board with impeaching Kavanaugh based on yet another specious accusation based on hearsay, tweeting in the early hours of Sunday that she was disturbed by the latest allegations and convinced Kavanaugh did not belong on the bench.
“These newest revelations are disturbing,” Warren wrote. “Like the man who appointed him, Kavanaugh should be impeached.”
Disturbing, maybe, but unfortunately for Warren, they are likely untrue.
“Supreme Court justices are not above the law,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) added later, piling claims of perjury on top of the claims of sexual assault Kavanaugh is already facing. “The revelations today confirm what we already knew: During his hearing, Kavanaugh faced credible accusations and likely lied to Congress. I support any appropriate constitutional mechanism to hold him accountable.” Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) agreed with Sanders.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), fresh off a polling decline and desperate to be relevant to any news cycle, quickly followed suit, adding — ironically — that Kavanaugh’s presence on the court undercuts the pursuit of justice.
“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,” Harris tweeted, apparently not realizing that by taking the Times’ accusations at face value she, herself, was undercutting the pursuit of truth and justice.
Former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, not to be outdone — and still, somehow, running for president — also called on Kavanaugh to be impeached in a series of social media missives and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg told an audience Sunday evening that he supports using Constitutional means to remove Kavanaugh from the bench (and therefore believes Kavanaugh should be impeached).
Former Vice President Joe Biden was the only frontrunner to shy away from calling for impeachment outright. In an interview Sunday, Biden took a more measured approach — though by no means conservative — calling for further investigation into Kavanaugh’s past and for a probe into whether Senate Republicans actively interfered in several FBI background investigations.
The problem for Democrats is, of course, that if they believe the NYT’s revelations, they’re not “believing all women.” The woman at the center of the latest incident hasn’t spoken directly to media, but sources close to her told the NYT reporters themselves that she can’t recall Kavanaugh assaulting her at a party and believes the incident never happened.