The Democrats have not yet forgiven Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh for being confirmed over their objections, and it appears they plan on dragging him through the mud once again over a series of sexual assault allegations made by a former classmate.
Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO) was interviewed Friday by a handful of activists over his plans for the House Judiciary Committee, of which he is now a member. He had a few suggestions, but top on his priority list was "investigating" Justice Kavanaugh over allegations of "perjury" made during his confirmation hearings.
“There’s no question [Kavanaugh] committed perjury during the confirmation hearings and so forth,” Neguse told the group, according to Fox News. “I think the Judiciary Committee is likely to take that up.”
Democratic activists leveled charges of perjury against Kavanaugh late in his confirmation hearings after it became clear that the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate proper had no intention of dropping Kavanaugh's nomination, particularly after at least two of the women accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault were able to produce no evidence to back up their claims.
The theory of "perjury" relies on whether Kavanaugh knew about allegations from a woman named Deborah Ramierz, which came to light in a loosely sourced New Yorker article released days before Kavanaugh was due to appear in front of the Judiciary Committee to answer questions about Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a former aquaintance of Kavanaugh's who claimed Kavanaugh tried to rape her at a house party when the pair were both teenagers.
Kavanaugh told the Committee that he first found out about Ramirez's allegations "in the New Yorker," but two friends of Kavanaugh said the judge was privately asking his social group and a handful of former Yale Law School classmates whether they were aware of someone from his time at Yale preparing to smear him with a false claim of sexual assault.
Ultimately, the "discrepancy" was resolved: Kavanaugh did not know, specifically, who was planning on speaking to the New Yorker about him until the New Yorker asked him for a response.
Not exactly perjury.
The Daily Caller reports that an NBC News "exposé" on the perjury allegations was eventually "stealth-edited" to remove allegations that the now-Supreme Court Justice lied under oath "and a correction was never issued."
Earlier on, when it became clear the Democrats would take control of the House from Republicans, Democrats were quick to say they felt the Kavanaugh issue was closed and warranted no further investigation — and they certainly wouldn't pursue impeachment. In an interview with The Hill, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NJ) assured Kavanaugh that he was beyond their interest.
But the line of that appears to have changed. According to NPR, the perjury investigation isn't the only investigation planned into Brett Kavanaugh's background. The Democrats also want information on how the FBI compiled its report on whether Kavanaugh assaulted Dr. Ford and whether the FBI was afforded enough time to complete a full investigation into Kavanaugh's background.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has also alluded to the idea of issuing an official Freedom of Information Act request to the FBI to obtain the contents of the report delivered to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Democrats aren't done with Brett Kavanaugh by a long shot.