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 KavanaughDemocrats Manchin, Jones signal they're undecided on Trump removal vote Collins walks impeachment tightrope Supreme Court sharply divided over state aid for religious schools 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 PelosiFormer senior Senate GOP aide says Republicans should call witnesses Democrats step up pressure over witnesses after Bolton bombshell Texas AFL-CIO endorses Cuellar's primary challenger MORE (D-Calif.) and House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerNadler to miss a day of impeachment trial due to wife's cancer treatment Impeachment manager dismisses concerns Schiff alienated key Republican votes: 'This isn't about any one person' Trump defense team signals focus on Schiff 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.