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Chief justice asks federal appeals court judges to handle ethics complaints against Kavanaugh

Chief justice asks federal appeals court judges to handle ethics complaints against Kavanaugh
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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is reportedly referring ethics complaints brought against Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughConservative justices split in ruling for immigrant fighting deportation Supreme Court weighs whether to limit issuance of exemptions to biofuel blending requirements The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP makes infrastructure play; Senate passes Asian hate crimes bill MORE to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Colorado.

The Associated Press reported that the complaints were filed in relation to Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings in September and were originally filed with his previous court, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Roberts reportedly made the request in a letter sent to the chief judge of the 10th Circuit, Timothy Tymkovich, who was also on the list of President TrumpDonald TrumpSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message' GOP braces for wild week with momentous vote One quick asylum fix: How Garland can help domestic violence survivors MORE’s possible Supreme Court nominees, along with Kavanaugh and Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

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According to the news service, Roberts received three complaints on Sept. 20, just days before Kavanaugh’s combative testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, in which he vehemently denied allegations of sexual assault brought by Christine Blasey Ford and other accusers.

Roberts reportedly made no action on the complaints, which eventually totaled 15, while Kavanaugh’s confirmation was pending. 

Politico pointed out that Roberts's decision could be partially related to Judge Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandOne quick asylum fix: How Garland can help domestic violence survivors DOJ faces big decision on home confinement DOJ proposes crackdown on 'ghost guns' following Biden pledge MORE. As chief judge of the D.C Circuit, Garland is tasked with handling such complaints.

Garland was nominated by former President Obama to serve on the Supreme Court but was blocked by the Republicans.