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Everything Is Still Going Perfectly Fine for Brett Kavanaugh
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49776"><span class="small">Kimberly Truong, The Cut</span></a>   
Wednesday, 19 December 2018 14:30

Truong writes: "Three months after Brett Kavanaugh tearfully proclaimed that being questioned about the sexual-assault allegations against him would have 'consequences for decades,' he's continuing to do just fine."

Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh. (photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty)
Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh. (photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty)


Everything Is Still Going Perfectly Fine for Brett Kavanaugh

By Kimberly Truong, The Cut

19 December 18

 

hree months after Brett Kavanaugh tearfully proclaimed that being questioned about the sexual-assault allegations against him would have “consequences for decades,” he’s continuing to do just fine.

On Tuesday, a federal panel of judges dismissed all 83 ethics complaints brought against Kavanaugh, many of which were related to statements he made during his confirmation hearings in September. According to NPR, the judges concluded that, even though the complaints are “serious,” lower court judges don’t have the authority to investigate or discipline Kavanaugh now that he’s on the Supreme Court.

The earliest complaints, CNN reports, include allegations that Kavanaugh lied about the George W. Bush administration’s anti-terrorism policies while he was assistant White House counsel and secretary to the president.

But most of the ethics complaints were about his conduct at his confirmation hearings, when he testified regarding Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation that he had sexually assaulted her.

According to CNN, one said that Kavanaugh’s emotional and angry testimony was “evasive, aggressive and condescending,” adding, “When questioned by female senators he acted like a bully, often interrupting and improperly posing questions to his interrogator.” He was also accused of misrepresenting his history of drinking.

He may be one of the least-supported justices of all time, but Kavanaugh can now go on with his life-tenured seat on the Supreme Court with all ethics complaints dropped. In the past few months, he’s also resumed his position as a girls’ basketball coach — despite his furious insistence during the hearings that he might never coach again “thanks to what some of you on the committee have unleashed” — and received a “hero’s welcome” at his old prep school.

In the meantime, since accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford has faced death threats so intense that she’s had to hire private security and move houses four times.

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+19 # BetaTheta 2018-12-19 16:42
"...with liberty and justice for all?"

All this makes a mockery of that pledge we schoolchildren used to recite.
 
 
+14 # chapdrum 2018-12-19 18:20
Yet another in a string of "Mission(s) Accomplished."
 
 
+16 # Caliban 2018-12-19 19:11
"Christine Blasey Ford has faced death threats so intense that she’s had to hire private security and move houses four times."

And exactly what kind of "justice" is this, Brett?
 
 
+4 # chapdrum 2018-12-19 22:15
And exactly what kind of "justice" is this, Brett?

As if Kavanawww is remotely interested in justice for Dr. Ford.
 
 
+2 # chemtex2611 2018-12-20 01:03
Well, at least he is not pregnant and unmarried, with boyfriend headed back to college......
 
 
+7 # banichi 2018-12-20 04:00
Since Chief Justice Roberts is the one who "immediately tasked the federal panel of judges to investigate the allegations against Kavanaugh" the result stinks - Roberts had to have known that the panel he asked to do the investigation, had no power to remove Kavanaugh from the start, so the panel's decision and explanation was a done deal from the start.

Indeed, a mockery of the justice system as practiced by the Supreme Court. Once again Roberts has shown that what he says is worthless and irrelevant. And a mockery.
 
 
-1 # Caliban 2018-12-21 01:30
It is true that Roberts knew that he (Roberts) could not block the Kavanaugh candidacy, but I think Roberts could have hoped that the public exposure of BK's unsavory sexual history could at least have prodded Congress to look for a more acceptable, less tainted candidate.

I don't think it's quite fair to blame Congress's cowardice on Chief Justice Roberts.
 
 
+8 # Wise woman 2018-12-20 09:04
This is exactly why most women are reluctant to come forth with testimony regarding matters of sexual assault or worse. And there is no wondering why!
 
 
+1 # Texas Aggie 2018-12-20 09:41
It would be poetic justice, karma or whatever you want to call it if he died under surgery for a liver transplant because his own was so cirrhotic from heavy boozing that it wasn't working anymore.
 
 
+10 # Jayceecool 2018-12-20 10:06
With Kavanaugh (and Gorsuch and Thomas), the legitimacy of the SCOTUS as an impartial court suffers another blow, and I would bet that the justices are scratching their heads as to why American faith in basic institutions is plummeting...
 
 
0 # banichi 2019-01-17 13:32
Chief Justice Roberts is the one who said the complaints would be investigated. So, as I thought at the time, it was going to be a whitewash. Roberts could hardly have not known that the "lower court" would have no jurisdiction to investigate or discipline Kavanaugh once he was confirmed as a Supreme Court Judge.

A mockery of the judicial system, indeed. The Supreme Court under Roberts, and the Congress that confirmed Kavanaugh, have once again demonstrated that they are irrelevant to the concept of justice being fair and even-handed. The only thing that matters - as far as they are concerned - is the appearance, only, of democracy guiding the rule of law, not the real democracy guiding it. It is, demonstrably by this and other incidents, only about power and its accumulation, and the exercise of it to maintain the status quo in a right-wing direction.

Everything else is only a candy-coating, a veneer of democracy and justice.