Rep. Ayanna Pressley to Introduce Kavanaugh Impeachment Resolution; 'Get Real,' Democrat Durbin Says

Susan Jones | September 17, 2019 | 7:52am EDT
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Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) is part of the Omar-Tlaib-AOC freshman clique in Congress. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

( - Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) on Tuesday plans to introduce a resolution calling on the House Judiciary Committee to launch another impeachment inquiry, this one into sitting Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

The House committee is already conducting an "impeachment inquiry" into President Donald Trump, and Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler is not showing any enthusiasm for a second such investigation.

Nadler told WNYC radio on Monday, "We have our hands full with impeaching the president right now, and that's going to take up our limited resources and time for a while."


Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin told the Kavanaugh impeachment advocates to "get real," Politico reported.

“We’ve got to get beyond this ‘impeachment is the answer to every problem.’ It’s not realistic,” Durbin told Politico on Monday. “If that’s how we are identified in Congress, as the impeachment Congress, we run the risk that people will feel we’re ignoring the issues that mean a lot to them as families.”

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) addressed the Kavanaugh smear on the Senate floor Monday, invoking "Groundhog Day":

For anybody who has been reading the news that past few days, it's probably felt a little like Groundhog Day. Because over the last couple of days, leading Democrats have tried to grab onto yet another poorly sourced, thinly reported, unsubstantiated allegation against Justice Brettt Kavanaugh.

Here they go again, Mr. President. There they go again. Call it a one-year anniversary reenactment. Senate Democrats reopening the sad and embarrassing chapter they wrote last September. The latest allegation was blasted out by a major newspaper despite the apparent lack of any -- any corroborating evidence whatsoever. The reporting was so thin, the story ran not in the news section but on the opinion page.

In fact, Mr. President, they've already had to issue an enormous correction. The writers conveniently failed to note that the supposed victim herself declined to be interviewed, and several of her friends say she has no memory of any such thing happening.

We all remember this pattern from the last time around. Shoot first, correct the facts later. And here's another familiar pattern. Just like last September, little things like facts and evidence didn't stop Democrats from rushing to exploit this. Even as the media was trying to backpedal, a number of Democratic presidential candidates were hysterically calling for Justice Kavanaugh to be impeached.

On the basis of this flimsy, uncorroborated story, they're calling for Justice Kavanaugh to be impeached. That includes several of our own Senate colleagues. And even after the massive correction -- correction! -- no one in that group has backed off of the ridiculous threat. This laughable suggestion is already earning scorn throughout the country, across the political spectrum.

A majority of Senators and the American people rightly rejected the politics of unsubstantiated personal disruption just last year. It's just as transparent and self-serving today, one year later.

It would be a mistake to dismiss this as a bad case of sour grapes. This is not just a left-wing obsession with one man. It's part of a deliberate effort to attack judicial independence.

McConnell noted that six of the many Democrats running for their party's presidential nomination have "publicly flirted with packing the Supreme Court." McConnell also mentioned that some Senate Democrats have sent the court "an outlandish brief" saying the court should issue opinions they like -- or they'll pack the court.

"Issue rulings that we like or we'll pack the court," McConnell repeated. "This is not normal political behavior. These are the actions of a political party whose agenda is so alien to the Constitution that they feel threatened by fair and faithful judges...When the simple notion that judges should be faithful to the Constitution looks like an attack on your agenda, maybe it's your agenda that needs a makeover, not our independent judiciary.

"When you're willing to launch unhinged political attacks, you reveal a whole lot more about your own radicalism than about the men and women you target."

McConnell said he and his fellow Republicans "will fight to preserve our fair and independent judiciary."

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