Culms: Kavanaugh’s vote for Rowe confirms he’s in trouble with the truth

Brett Kavanaugh is a serial liar.

It’s embarrassing to write that about someone, let alone a lifetime Supreme Court judge. Yet years of evidence throughout Kavanaugh’s career show that this is a fact.

And this fact, along with the recent “confirmation controversy and ethical fallacies of Clarence Thomas,” is key to understanding why public trust in court fell sharply. And that was before a series of unpopular, precedent-defying decisions last week against abortion, gun control, and the wall between church and state.

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To make matters worse for Kavanaugh, criticism of his authority is bipartisan. In the last blow Meng Sen. Susan Collins, a fellow Republican whose vote was decisive when the Senate confirmed Kavanaugh four years ago, doubled down on her claim that he “misled her” when he assured her that if confirmed, he would not support overturning the decision. court. century-old precedent for abortion rights, Roe vs. Wade.

The ever-cautious Collins would never say “lie.” However, The New York Times obtained precisely this evidence, apparently from the senator’s office. publishing “Modern notes” held by those who attended Collins’ private meeting with then-candidate Kavanaugh in 2018. According to the records, Collins pressed him hard about Rowe.

Kavanaugh told her, “Start with my track record, my respect for precedent, my belief that it is based on the Constitution, and my commitment and its importance to the rule of law. I understand the precedent and I understand the importance of lifting it.”

“Rowe is 45 years old, this has been confirmed many times, a lot of people are very excited about this, and I was trying to demonstrate that I understand the implications of the real world,” he said, before adding, “I am the judge of no-rock the boat.”

Now, after hearing this, won’t you believe that Kavanaugh will vote for Rowe?

The gullible Collins did or claimed so. However, representatives of both parties, supporters and opponents of abortion, did not believe him. Me too. This was largely due to his reputation as a deceitful politician.

Kavanaugh’s credibility was widely questioned long before he said, she said, the sexual assault allegations that rocked the country during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing and nearly killed his candidacy. He denied credible high school assault allegations by Christine Blasey Ford and two reports of attacks at Yale, one by classmate Debbie Ramirez and the other by Senate Republicans. clogged, which was a respected eyewitness. And Kavanaugh also denied ever being drunk to the point of passing out, though numerous Yale classmates came forward to confirm during the swearing-in that he was drunk.

In Washington, after graduating from law school, Kavanaugh quickly became known to Democrats as a party protégé of Kenneth Starr, an independent attorney who investigated Bill and Hillary Clinton in the 1990s. Investigator papers from the time, now held by the National Archives, show that Kavanaugh was looking for evidence that Clinton aide Vince Foster was murdered – pandering to right-wing conspirators – years after he told colleagues that he believed Foster had committed suicide. suicide, like previous investigations. concluded. Kavanaugh was also widely suspected of leaking anti-Clinton information from the grand jury, although he denied this.

When his next boss, then-President George W. Bush, nominated Kavanaugh to the prestigious D.C. Court of Appeals in 2003, Democratic senators blocked his confirmation for three years, until 2006. They were convinced that he had lied to them during the confirmation process, denying involvement in several disputes at the White House: a policy allowing unauthorized surveillance after 9/1. 11 and the torture of terrorist suspects, as well as the selection and promotion of the most right-wing candidates for Bush’s judge.

Kavanaugh also denied any involvement in the Senate scandal. “Memogate” — featuring a Republican aide who secretly copied thousands of Democratic emails from 2001 to 2003 and shared them with Bush advisers.

Democrats had no evidence to the contrary in the mid-2000s, but during Kavanaugh’s 2018 Supreme Court confirmation hearing, they did. Republicans, then the majority in the Senate, reluctantly released emails from Bush from the White House that contradicted Kavanaugh about his role in the controversy he had been asked about in the previous decade.

The most damning were the Memogate emails, with many of the emails forwarding stolen Democratic messages listing Kavanaugh as the recipient, often the only one. Nevertheless, in 2004, when Democratic Senator Charles E. Schumer asked Kavanaugh if he received “memos from the internal files of any members of the Democratic Party.” Kavanaugh said under oath, “No.” On another occasion, he testified, “I don’t know anything about memos.”

Faced with contrary evidence in 2018, Kavanaugh admitted he received the emails, but said he believed the Republican Senate aide received them from Democrats in a routine employee brawl.

As if.

Which Democratic aide would ask a Republican employee the specific questions that Democratic Senator Patrick J. Leahy planned to ask the Republican nominee judge at a hearing? Or a 4,000-word Democrat strategy memo? Or an email containing incriminating information about a Republican candidate labeled only for Democrats? (On the latter, Kavanaugh responded to the Republican aide within minutes, providing him with a rebuttal to the GOP senators’ theses.)

However, Cavanaugh testified that the messages never raised “red flags” as to their origin. “Judge, I was born at night,” snapped Leahy, annoyed, “but not last night.”

Following Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. sent dozens of ethics complaints about it from lawyers, law professors and others to the Board of the Court of Appeal for consideration. Most of them concerned his alleged lying under oath. advice soon fired them as controversial: while the allegations were “serious,” the council said, judges are not subject to the rules of judicial ethics.

And it helps explain how liars end up in the country’s highest court for life to determine how the rest of us live our lives.

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