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 KavanaughBarrett says Trump offered her Supreme Court nomination three days after Ginsburg death The Hill's 12:30 Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Judge Amy Coney Barrett makes the rounds on Capitol Hill The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by JobsOhio - Showdown: Trump-Biden debate likely to be nasty 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 WarrenWarren won't meet with Barrett, calling Trump's nomination an 'illegitimate power grab' The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's tax bombshell | More election drama in Pennsylvania | Trump makes up ground in new polls New Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments MORE (D-Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisThe Memo: Debate or debacle? Biden will keep debating Trump, campaign says Joe Scarborough urges Biden: 'Do not do anymore debates' MORE (D-Calif.), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeUnion leader vows 'infrequent' minority voters will help deliver Biden victory Jimmy Carter says his son smoked pot with Willie Nelson on White House roof O'Rourke endorses Kennedy for Senate: 'A champion for the values we're most proud of' MORE (D-Texas) have all explicitly called for Kavanaugh's impeachment.

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegCindy McCain joins board of Biden's presidential transition team Billionaire who donated to Trump in 2016 donates to Biden The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - GOP closes ranks to fill SCOTUS vacancy by November MORE told CNN that he supports impeachment Sunday evening.

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Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump, Biden clash over health care as debate begins Biden calls Trump a 'liar' and a 'clown' at first debate Biden mocks Trump campaign debate claims: 'I've got my earpiece and performance enhancers ready' MORE (I-Vt.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Klobuchar3 reasons why Biden is misreading the politics of court packing Social media platforms put muscle into National Voter Registration Day Battle lines drawn on precedent in Supreme Court fight 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 BidenFive takeaways from Trump-Biden debate clash The Memo: Debate or debacle? Democrats rip Trump for not condemning white supremacists, Proud Boys at debate MORE, New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioOvernight Health Care: NYC reports uptick in COVID-19 cases as schools try to reopen | Global coronavirus death toll passes 1 million | Pelosi cites 'positive' talk with White House on coronavirus aid New York City reports uptick in COVID-19 cases as schools try to reopen Restaurants brace for long COVID-19 winter MORE and billionaire Tom SteyerTom SteyerTV ads favored Biden 2-1 in past month Inslee calls Biden climate plan 'perfect for the moment' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump administration finalizes plan to open up Alaska wildlife refuge to drilling | California finalizes fuel efficiency deal with five automakers, undercutting Trump | Democrats use vulnerable GOP senators to get rare win on environment 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 TrumpFive takeaways from Trump-Biden debate clash The Memo: Debate or debacle? Democrats rip Trump for not condemning white supremacists, Proud Boys at debate 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 CruzGrassley says disclosing Trump's tax records without authorization could violate law Supreme Court nominee gives no clues in GOP meeting Barrett to sit with McConnell and other GOP senators in back-to-back meetings 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.