Pressley to introduce resolution to open impeachment inquiry against Kavanaugh

Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyPennsylvania candidate would be first autistic woman elected to a state legislature Pressley joins hundreds of activists calling for Kavanaugh impeachment: 'I believe in the power of us' The 13 House Democrats who back Kavanaugh's impeachment MORE (D-Mass.) plans to introduce a resolution on Tuesday that would call for an impeachment inquiry to be opened against Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughSupreme 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 Bans on public coverage for abortion are unjustified by science and outright harmful MORE following a newly reported allegation of sexual misconduct.

"I believe Christine Blasey Ford," she said in a statement. "I believe Deborah Ramirez. It is our responsibility to collectively affirm the dignity and humanity of survivors."

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"Sexual predators do not deserve a seat on the nation’s highest court and Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process set a dangerous precedent," she continued. "We must demand justice for survivors and hold Kavanaugh accountable for his actions."

Under the measure, a committee would be authorized to take affidavits and issue subpoenas in connection with the impeachment inquiry.

The measure also says that “there shall be paid out of the applicable accounts of the House of Representatives such sums as may be necessary to assist” the committee in conducting the inquiry.

In a recent days, a number of Democratic lawmakers and presidential candidates — including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSanders wishes Ocasio-Cortez happy birthday Democrat launches primary challenge to Ocasio-Cortez Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Washington Times after story on her 'high-dollar hairdo' MORE (D-N.Y.), Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRepublicans wrestle with impeachment strategy Klobuchar takes shots at health and education plans supported by Sanders and Warren Kamala Harris to Trump Jr.: 'You wouldn't know a joke if one raised you' MORE (D-Calif.), and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro — have called for Kavanaugh’s impeachment after a report published by The New York Times late Saturday detailed a new allegation of sexual assault against the justice.

The newspaper reported that one of Kavanaugh’s former male classmates at Yale University witnessed him press his genitals against a woman without her consent. The paper also reported that the allegation had not been investigated by the FBI. 

The Times has since issued a correction, clarifying that several friends of the alleged victim said she has no memory of the incident. The alleged victim did not speak to the newspaper.

Kavanaugh has denied all of the allegations he has faced and declined to answer questions about the new allegations to the Times on Saturday.