Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is floundering, buffeted about by numerous accusations of sexual conduct that have rightfully hammered his reputation into the dirt before his confirmation has even been voted on.
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If Republicans choose to ignore the rising public opposition to his appointment and force him through it’ll inflict grave damage on the judiciary, which will seem far less like an impartial, legitimate institution with Brett Kavanaugh serving on it. His pathetic, sobbing testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee alone was disqualifying as, in between yelling about how much he likes beers, he revealed a deeply anti-Democratic Party partisan bent as well as a conspiratorially leaning mind.
Yesterday, it was revealed that a mutual friend of Kavanaugh and Deborah Ramirez, the woman who has accused him of forcing his penis in her face at a party, is in possession of text messages that could prove the nominee committed perjury.
He claimed in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee that he first learned of Ramirez’s allegations from the New Yorker story that introduced the story to the world. However, the unearthed texts are said to prove that Kavanaugh and his team were in secretly contact with former classmates, attempting to discredit and refute Ramirez’s accusations before the New Yorker article was released.
Now, legal experts are honing in another crime, unrelated to perjury. According to Law & Crime numerous legal experts, lawyers, and pundits are pointing out that the clandestine attempts to refute Ramirez’s claims could constitute witness tampering on the part of Kavanaugh and his team, a deeply serious crime.
lol witness tamperinghttps://t.co/CU8HCA7WH7
— T. Greg Doucette (@greg_doucette) October 1, 2018
A couple of days ago, I told someone I thought Kavanaugh was too smart to be reaching out to potential witnesses himself. It looks like I was wrong. From @LACaldwellDC and @HeidiPrzybyla https://t.co/McATlSjrmn
— Jonathan Allen (@jonallendc) October 1, 2018
Based on these facts, we can't say that Kavanaugh has engaged in witness tampering. We *can* say that it's grossly inappropriate for a sitting judge to contact potential witnesses against him.
AND, it sure seems like Kavanaugh lied (again) under oath to the Senate. https://t.co/MmLzaBhJxs
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) October 1, 2018
Uh, in a criminal investigation, we’d call this witness tampering. https://t.co/sjj2YDlFlb
— ElizabethCMcLaughlin (@ECMcLaughlin) October 1, 2018
— Jed Shugerman (@jedshug) October 2, 2018
If it turns out that Kavanaugh did indeed tamper with witnesses, it won’t be enough to simply block him from the Supreme Court. He’ll need to be investigated, and possibly disbarred and removed from his current judgeship. There is no excuse for this kind of criminal behavior, especially from someone entrusted to uphold and interpret the law.
It’s perhaps worth mentioning that Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort was also accused of witness tampering, proving once again that this president constantly surrounds himself with low caliber individuals.
Original reporting by Alberto Luperon.