WASHINGTON – With Brett Kavanaugh experiencing a one-day respite from his successful Supreme Court confirmation, Democrats and the Washington Post teamed up Sunday to plot his impeachment.
The headline on the story in the Jeff Bezos’ paper said it all: “With Kavanaugh confirmed, impeachment could follow. Here’s how.”
A news analysis piece set the stage.
“Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court has been confirmed,” wrote Deanna Paul in “The Fix” column. “A bitterly divided Senate confirmed President Trump’s nominee to a lifetime appointment to the nation’s highest court on Saturday. So what comes next?”
Impeachment, of course.
But what’s the charge?
“In early September, even before the recent spate of sexual-misconduct allegations, murmurs among Kavanaugh opponents fixated on whether he had lied under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee,” the article explains. “Some Senate Democrats took to social media to air their ire and frustration. One former deputy assistant U.S. attorney general, who previously worked for a top Democrat, even called for Kavanaugh’s impeachment from the federal judiciary.”
The Post turned a Slate column by Lisa Graves into news.
“Much of Washington has spent the week focusing on whether Judge Brett Kavanaugh should be confirmed to the Supreme Court,” Graves wrote. “After the revelations of his confirmation hearings, the better question is whether he should be impeached from the federal judiciary. I do not raise that question lightly, but I am certain it must be raised.”
Now it’s a question of integrity, she says.
Graves told the Post that each time Kavanaugh testifies, he has shown “only more proclivity to lie to the Senate.”
Of course, impeachment proceedings would be contingent on Democrats regaining control of the House, where impeachment charges must begin.
Reps. Luis V. Gutiérrez, D-Ill., and Ted Lieu, D-Calif., have started chatting up impeachment, according to the Post.
By the way, a Senate conviction would require a two-thirds vote of the Senate.
“How likely is Kavanaugh’s impeachment?” the article asks.
“It’s as likely as the Democrats winning the House,” said Jed Shugerman, a professor at Fordham University School of Law. “If they take back the House, I would be surprised if they don’t put forth impeachment proceedings in the next Congress.”