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 KavanaughManchin not ruling out endorsing Trump reelection Impeachment fallout threatens to upend battle for Senate Tlaib says she held Omar's hand during 'triggering' moments at Trump's State of the Union speech 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 TrumpTrump administration eyes proposal to block jet engine sales to China: report Trump takes track to open Daytona 500 Brazile 'extremely dismayed' by Bloomberg record 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 GarlandMitch McConnell may win the impeachment and lose the Senate The Trumpification of the federal courts Juan Williams: GOP are hypocrites on impeachment 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.