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June 13, 2021
Controversy surrounding Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh erupted Sunday after The New York Times released an article outlining new misconduct allegations regarding the Justice’s youth. The essay, which was published in the Opinion section Saturday and titled “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation,” outlined two allegations of sexual misconduct from Kavanaugh’s time as a Yale University student and was carried out by two Times reporters, Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly. ~
The two reporters spent 10 months on the investigation, first encountering an action of misconduct regarding a former Yale classmate, Deborah Ramirez. According to the report, “She recalled being at a dorm party where participants were drinking heavily and said that Mr. Kavanaugh had thrust his penis in her face, prompting her to swat it away and inadvertently touch it.” Although Senate investigators were unable to find corroborating evidence for Ramirez’s account at the time, the author’s claim that at least seven people heard about the incident significantly preceding the time in which Kavanaugh assumed his position as a federal judge. The second allegation uncovered was one also made by a former classmate, Max Stier. Stier claims he witnessed Kavanaugh commit a similar sexual act of misconduct at a party Kavanugh’s freshman year. The report states that Mr. Stier has declined to publicly speak about the incident, and that the female student involved “declined to be interviewed and that friends say she does not recall the incident.” ~
The New York Times article received much criticism not only for the content that was held within, but also for the information that was left out. According to an interview on MSNBC, editors originally removed the reference from the second allegation that explained that the female victim had no recollection of the matter. Although the detail was later edited in, and fault for the action was attested to “an editing accident,” the article received significant blowback from the right, including from Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the RNC, who wrote that “The New York Times should be ashamed of this smear on Justice Kavanaugh.” ~
Several Democrats seeking the bid as the Democratic Presidential nominee condemned Kavanaugh and called for his impeachment, including Senators Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Julian Castro, and Bernie Sanders. Joe Biden also condemned Kavanaugh, but stopped short of calling for his impeachment. President Trump, in contrast, defended the Supreme Court Justice, and called out The New York Times for “trying to pressure the justice into taking more liberal positions” and hinted at the possibility of the Justice Department stepping in to address the matter. ~
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