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'Team player' Brett Kavanaugh sworn in again as US Supreme Court Justice

LEADING ARTICLEOctober 9 2018 12:01am The TimesMid-Term Blues Democrats should not bet on a dividend from the Kavanaugh nomination battle LEADING ARTICLEOctober 9 2018 12:01am The TimesMid-Term Blues Democrats should not bet on a dividend from the Kavanaugh nomination battle
Jeannette Daniel | 11 October, 2018, 21:33

Roberts' letter did not identify Kavanaugh as the subject of the complaints, but Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit revealed complaints against Kavanaugh in a statement on Saturday.

He received the first three of 15 eventual complaints on September 20, a week before Kavanaugh's angry denial of a sexual assault allegation by Christine Blasey Ford.

Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate last Saturday, by a vote of 50-48.

It's possible the complaints will never be investigated if the lower-court judges determine the judiciary's ethics rules don't give them jurisdiction over a Supreme Court justice. Then-president Barack Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland, but Republicans used their majority to prevent Garland from even getting a Senate hearing.

Kavanaugh heard his first arguments on Tuesday as a Supreme Court justice, following one of the most contentious confirmation processes in the country's history. "On Fox News, Bret Baier said Roberts referred allegations of judicial misconduct claims on Kavanaugh to outside judges for investigation". "Folks who feel very strongly one way or the other about the issues in front of us should get out and vote and participate".

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People familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity say the allegations had already been widely discussed in the Senate and in the public realm.

But Gillers said the complaints "may be found not to be meritorious in the end". Any member of the public can file a misconduct claim against a judge on the circuit where he sits, she noted.

Pointing out that Kavanaugh's confirmation was approved by the smallest margin of any Supreme Court Justice since 1881, Kimmel referenced the widespread protests that ensued.

Roberts referred the case to the appeals court in New York City.

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