Kamala Harris calls for new investigation into Kavanaugh allegations

Presidential candidate Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisCalifornia Democrat Christy Smith launches first TV ad in bid for Katie Hill's former House seat Steyer spokesperson: 'I don't think necessarily that Tom has bought anything' Biden wins endorsement of Sacramento mayor MORE (D-Calif.) called for a new investigation into the latest sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughCollins walks impeachment tightrope Supreme Court sharply divided over state aid for religious schools How Citizens United altered America's political landscape 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. 

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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 TrumpMnuchin knocks Greta Thunberg's activism: Study economics and then 'come back' to us The Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial 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 Ann WarrenTensions between McConnell and Schumer run high as trial gains momentum Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Biden, Sanders tax plans would raise less revenue than claimed: studies MORE (D-Mass.) over the weekend in calling for Kavanaugh's impeachment. 

Meanwhile, other candidates, including Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' Tensions between McConnell and Schumer run high as trial gains momentum Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden MORE (I-Vt.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharBiden leads Sanders by 7 in new national poll Sanders joins Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions MORE (D-Minn.), called for further investigations into the matter.