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 KavanaughSmollett saga shows it's no mistake when media target conservatives Supreme Court clamps down on 'excessive fines' by states The 10 GOP senators who may break with Trump on emergency 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 John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall 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 Brian GarlandGOP advances rules change to speed up confirmation of Trump nominees New battle lines in war over Trump’s judicial picks Mitch McConnell has shown the nation his version of power grab 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.