2020 Democrats call for Kavanaugh to be impeached

Democratic presidential candidates on Sunday called for the impeachment or investigation of Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughThe impeachment controversy drags Supreme Court into the politics of the Trump era Supreme Court can prove its independence — or its partisan capture Overnight Health Care — Presented by Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing — Planned Parenthood plans M campaign for 2020 | Dem candidates embrace aggressive step on drug prices | Officials propose changes to encourage 'value-based' care MORE after newly reported allegations of sexual misconduct against him in The New York Times.

The outlet reported late Saturday night that a male former classmate claims to have witnessed Kavanaugh expose himself at a party, where friends pushed his genitals against a woman without her consent.

Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSupport drops for Medicare for All but increases for public option Hillicon Valley: Warren takes on Facebook over political ads | Zuckerberg defends meetings with conservatives | Civil liberties groups sound alarm over online extremism bill Feehery: Trump may be down, but he's not out yet MORE (D-Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisO'Rourke hits back at Buttigieg over criticism of his gun buyback proposal Warren leads Democratic field by 3 points in new national poll Analysis: Warren and Booker most cyber-aware 2020 candidates MORE (D-Calif.), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke hits back at Buttigieg over criticism of his gun buyback proposal Booker hits Buttigieg over gun buyback comment: NRA doesn't 'need our help' White House condemns violent video MORE (D-Texas) have all explicitly called for Kavanaugh's impeachment.

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegO'Rourke hits back at Buttigieg over criticism of his gun buyback proposal Chasten Buttigieg fundraising for husband Pete overseas Progressives fume at Buttigieg, warn him not to attack Warren at debate MORE told CNN that he supports impeachment Sunday evening.

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Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSupport drops for Medicare for All but increases for public option Hillicon Valley: Warren takes on Facebook over political ads | Zuckerberg defends meetings with conservatives | Civil liberties groups sound alarm over online extremism bill On The Money: Trump touts China trade deal | Wall Street, Washington see signs for caution | Trump threatens sanctions on Turkey | Sanders proposes sharp hike to corporate taxes MORE (I-Vt.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharHillicon Valley: Warren takes on Facebook over political ads | Zuckerberg defends meetings with conservatives | Civil liberties groups sound alarm over online extremism bill Analysis: Warren and Booker most cyber-aware 2020 candidates Poll: Democratic support for Warren climbs to record high MORE (D-Minn.) both called for further investigations, and in Sanders's case the use of an "appropriate constitutional mechanism to hold him accountable."

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSupport drops for Medicare for All but increases for public option Bolton told ex-Trump aide to call White House lawyers about Ukraine pressure campaign: report Federal prosecutors in New York examining Giuliani business dealings with Ukraine: report MORE, New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de Blasio2020 Presidential Candidates Cooperate, or else: New York threatens fines to force people to help block immigration enforcement DNC raises qualifying thresholds for fifth presidential debate MORE and billionaire Tom SteyerThomas (Tom) Fahr Steyer2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the October showdown The Hill's Campaign Report: Impeachment fight to take center stage at Dem debate CNN LGBTQ town hall interrupted by protesters MORE also called for an investigation into the new allegations.

Biden told Axios in a statement that "we must follow the evidence to wherever it leads," adding, "Doing this the right way is critically important in getting the truth and restoring the American people’s faith in their government."

The latest allegation by nonprofit owner Max Stier, which had not previously been made public, was reported to the FBI during Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation process last year but was not investigated by the FBI.

That process was especially controversial because of the multiple sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh.

The confirmation process included testimony from Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, but after a short investigation, he was ultimately confirmed by a razor-thin 50-48 margin in the Senate.

The new details in the Times report have lead to calls to impeach Kavanaugh from several Democrats, many of whom opposed his nomination in the first place.

Several of Kavanaugh's supporters have come to his aid in light of the recent allegations.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness school deans call for lifting country-specific visa caps Bolton told ex-Trump aide to call White House lawyers about Ukraine pressure campaign: report Federal prosecutors in New York examining Giuliani business dealings with Ukraine: report MORE in a tweet Sunday said "Radical left Democrats" and the "LameStream Media" want to scare Kavanaugh into "turning Liberal."

"Now the Radical Left Democrats and their Partner, the LameStream Media, are after Brett Kavanaugh again, talking loudly of their favorite word, impeachment," he tweeted. "He is an innocent man who has been treated HORRIBLY. Such lies about him."

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report - Lawmakers return to work as Dem candidates set to debate Cruz: 'Of course' it's not appropriate to ask China to investigate Bidens Sunday Show Preview: Trump's allies and administration defend decision on Syria MORE (R-Texas) also called out The New York Times over the report and said that “this article just shows the obsession with the far left with trying to smear Justice Kavanaugh by going 30 years back with anonymous sources.”

Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the previous allegations against him, and he declined to answer questions about the new allegations to the Times on Saturday.

In their calls for impeachment, Castro and O’Rourke both argued that the allegations confirm Kavanaugh lied under oath about not committing sexual assault.

While Sanders did not use the word impeachment, he also mentioned Kavanaugh allegedly lying during the confirmation process.

He also said the justice “should never have been nominated” because of siding with “with corporate power and Wall Street.”

Harris and Warren both slammed the confirmation process as illegitimate and denied it was an exoneration of Kavanaugh’s conduct.

Buttigieg claimed that the GOP majority in the Senate "curtailed the FBI investigation."

Klobuchar said access to the investigation documents of the newly revealed allegation is a prerequisite to considering impeachment proceedings.

Steyer called the confirmation process "nothing more than a farce put on by Senate Republicans and President Trump," but did not call for impeachment.

This report was updated on 9/16 at 9:50 a.m.