Brett Kavanaugh cleared of 'serious' misconduct allegations because Supreme Court justices can't be investigated
Multiple ethics experts had predicted the same outcome of the complaints filed against him after Kavanaugh took his seat at the Supreme Court.
Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday was cleared of the serious misconduct allegations against him after a panel of judges dismissed the complaints. The judges said that the complaints were dismissed because they were filed under a federal law which does not apply to Supreme Court justices in the country. Multiple ethics experts had predicted the same outcome of the complaints filed against him after Kavanaugh took his seat at the Supreme Court. The complaints, which were originally filed with Kavanaugh's old court, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, concerns the statement made by the SC justice during his confirmation hearings.
Reports state that Chief Justice John Roberts did not take any action concerning the complaints while Kavanaugh's nomination was pending then subsequently transferred them to federal judges in Colorado and neighboring states.
The first three of the 15 complaints against Kavanaugh were filed with Roberts on September 20, a week before Kavanaugh gave his testimony in front of a Senate panel, angrily denying the sexual assault allegations brought against him.
According to US judge Timothy Tymkovich, who led the investigation, there were a total of 83 complaints filed against Kavanaugh, including him being accused of "making false statements" under oath during his judicial nomination hearings, not just this year, but also in 2004 and 2006. The complaints also accused him of making "partisan statements that demonstrate bias" and treating members of the Senate Judicial Committee with "disrespect," according to the Daily Mail.
Although the substance of these complaints was not revealed, Judge Tymkovich branded them as "serious."
A psychology professor, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, earlier this year, accused then-Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were teenagers and publicly testified against the judge in front of a Senate panel. Shortly after her testimony, Kavanaugh appeared in front of the panel and denied all the allegations. He also leveled a partisan attack against Democratic senators present at the panel and called himself the victim of "a calculated and orchestrated political hit" fueled by anger on the left at Trump's 2016 election win over Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Kavanaugh's controversial nomination to the Supreme Court panel made headlines as a bitterly divided Senate voted 50-48 to confirm his seat.