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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 KavanaughCOVID-19: Justice Alito overstepped judicial boundaries Defusing the judicial confirmation process The magnificent moderation of Susan Collins 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 TrumpMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Republican John James concedes in Michigan Senate race 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 GarlandMcConnell pushed Trump to nominate Barrett on the night of Ginsburg's death: report Feinstein to step down as top Democrat on Judiciary Committee The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Calls mount to start transition as Biden readies Cabinet picks 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.