Kamala Harris calls for new investigation into Kavanaugh allegations

Presidential candidate Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSocial Security and Medicare are on the ballot this November Harris honors Ginsburg, visits Supreme Court The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump and Biden vie for Minnesota | Early voting begins in four states | Blue state GOP governors back Susan Collins MORE (D-Calif.) called for a new investigation into the latest sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughMcConnell locks down key GOP votes in Supreme Court fight Names to watch as Trump picks Ginsburg replacement on Supreme Court Battle lines drawn on precedent in Supreme Court fight MORE on Tuesday. 

Harris asked House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) in a letter to establish a task force to investigate the allegations and look into whether the then-Supreme Court nominee lied to Congress during his testimony last year. 


The letter comes after Nadler dismissed calls for Kavanaugh's impeachment, arguing that the panel was too tied up with its investigation into President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden leads Trump by 36 points nationally among Latinos: poll Trump dismisses climate change role in fires, says Newsom needs to manage forest better Jimmy Kimmel hits Trump for rallies while hosting Emmy Awards MORE

"I understand that the House Judiciary Committee has limited resources and many other responsibilities," Harris wrote in the letter. "However, in the past, congressional committees have dedicated resources and established structures to pursue serious cases of misconduct—including by creating a task force and retaining outside counsel to help lead impeachment inquiries." 

The New York Times reported last week that a former Kavanaugh classmate said he saw an incident in which the now-Supreme Court justice exposed himself at a party and that other students pushed Kavanaugh's genitals into the hand of a female student, apparently without her consent. However, the publication issued a correction on Monday, saying that friends of the woman allegedly involved in the incident say she does not remember it.

Harris joined a number of other 2020 presidential hopefuls, including former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenGOP set to release controversial Biden report Biden's fiscal program: What is the likely market impact? Warren, Schumer introduce plan for next president to cancel ,000 in student debt MORE (D-Mass.) over the weekend in calling for Kavanaugh's impeachment. 

Meanwhile, other candidates, including Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersNYT editorial board remembers Ginsburg: She 'will forever have two legacies' Two GOP governors urge Republicans to hold off on Supreme Court nominee Sanders knocks McConnell: He's going against Ginsburg's 'dying wishes' MORE (I-Vt.) and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharBattle lines drawn on precedent in Supreme Court fight Sunday shows - Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death dominates Klobuchar: GOP can't use 'raw political power right in middle of an election' MORE (D-Minn.), called for further investigations into the matter.