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Progressives call for impeachment inquiry after reported Kavanaugh allegations

Progressive organizations are calling on House Democrats to start an impeachment inquiry into Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughMedia circles wagons for conspiracy theorist Neera Tanden The Jan. 6 case for ending the Senate filibuster Laurence Tribe: Justice Thomas is out of order on 2020 election MORE following a New York Times report that suggests he lied under oath during testimony over allegations of sexual assault. 

“The evidence that Kavanaugh committed perjury in his Senate testimony is mounting. Brett Kavanaugh is unfit to sit as a Supreme Court justice in the face of so many credible allegations that he sexually assaulted these women. House Democrats must not delay in launching an impeachment probe,” the groups -- The Center for Popular Democracy, Women’s March and Demand Justice -- said in a joint statement.

“This new report corroborates the allegations made by Debbie Ramirez and proves the FBI investigation conducted last year was a sham from the start,” they added.

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“At this point, an impeachment inquiry in the House is the only appropriate way to conduct the fact-finding that Senate Republicans refused to conduct.” 

The groups called on Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMcCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 After vote against coronavirus relief package, Golden calls for more bipartisanship in Congress Democrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' MORE (D-Calif.) and House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerHouse Judiciary split on how to address domestic extremism George Floyd police reform bill reintroduced in House Nadler presses DOJ to prosecute all involved in Capitol riot MORE (D-N.Y.) to start the impeachment inquiry. 

Spokespeople for Pelosi and Nadler did not immediately respond to comment. 

The Times reported Saturday that at least seven people heard about an incident in which Kavanaugh allegedly thrust his penis at Ramirez during a freshman year party at Yale. 

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations and said during his Senate testimony that the incident would have been “the talk of the campus,” if it had happened. 

The Times also reported another accusation of sexual assault against Kavanugh that echoed Ramirez’s claim alleging Kavanaugh exposed himself and pressed his genitals against a woman without her consent. 

The former male classmate's allegation was reported to the FBI during Kavanaugh’s confirmation process last year but was not investigated according to the Times. 

Kavanaugh faced other high-profile allegations of sexual assault from Christine Blasey Ford, who said he pinned her down, covered her mouth and groped her at a high school party. 

Kavanaugh denied all of the allegations he has faced, calling them politically motivated, and was confirmed to the bench. He declined to answer questions about the new allegations to the Times on Saturday.

The progressive groups are also planning a protest Oct. 6 outside the Supreme Court on the one-year anniversary of his confirmation. 

--This report was updated at 1:39 p.m.