WASHINGTON – The report of a new sexual misconduct allegation against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has sparked fury among figures on both the left and right.
In a Sunday morning tweet, President Donald Trump accused the "LameStream Media" and Democrats of colluding to scare Kavanaugh "into turning Liberal."
And on the left, Democratic presidential candidates former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, and Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kamala Harris of California called for Kavanaugh's impeachment.
"Last year the Kavanaugh nomination was rammed through the Senate without a thorough examination of the allegations against him," Warren wrote on Twitter. "Confirmation is not exoneration, and these newest revelations are disturbing. Like the man who appointed him, Kavanaugh should be impeached."
Fellow presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said he supported "any appropriate constitutional mechanism to hold [Kavanaugh] accountable."
Sanders, Warren, and Harris voted against Kavanaugh's confirmation in October 2018.
Kavanaugh was confirmed by a 50-48 Senate vote last October after a bitter nomination process. Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct while they were high school students in the 1980s, but Kavanaugh denied the claim during the confirmation hearing.
A New York Times essay published Saturday evening and adapted from the upcoming book "The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation" featured new information that two reporters said corroborated a prior claim of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh and uncovered evidence supporting a previously unreported claim.
Deborah Ramirez, a Yale classmate of Kavanaugh's, alleged during his confirmation process that he had exposed himself to her in college. Her account received less attention than Ford's at the time though, as Ford had testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
"During his Senate testimony, Mr. Kavanaugh said that if the incident Ms. Ramirez described had occurred, it would have been 'the talk of campus.' Our reporting suggests that it was," wrote New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly.
The reporters said at least seven people they interviewed had heard about the incident –including the accuser's mother.
Despite the presence of these witnesses, Pogrebin and Kelly say, the FBI "interviewed none of them, though we learned many of these potential witnesses tried in vain to reach the F.B.I. on their own."