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Harris calls for Kavanaugh impeachment inquiry on anniversary of Ford testimony
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), a 2020 presidential candidate, is pressing her calls for an impeachment inquiry into Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in an op-ed published Friday, the one-year anniversary of Christine Blasey Ford testifying that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school.
"If we want to live in a country where women are believed and given access to the justice they deserve, we must roll up our sleeves and get to work holding our leaders accountable," Harris writes in the piece published by Elle.
The op-ed, titled "Equal Justice Under Law? Prove It. Investigate Kavanaugh," follows Harris's letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) on Sept. 17 that called for an official impeachment inquiry to be opened against Kavanaugh.
"We need to get to the truth about Kavanaugh. And I believe the best path to truth and accountability is through a formal impeachment process. ... We still have a chance to get it right," wrote Harris, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee and was one of Kavanaugh's harshest questioners during his confirmation hearing last year.
"After allegations of sexual assault surfaced during Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings, I saw up close that the hearings and FBI investigation were not a serious pursuit of truth or justice. What we saw instead was a process that failed to properly acknowledge and believe the survivors of sexual assault and misconduct. That process ultimately failed people across the country, especially women," Harris says.
The Senate voted 50-48 last October to confirm Kavanaugh, President Trump's second nominee to the high court.
The case against the justice gained new attention earlier this month with the publication of a New York Times article detailing a sexual misconduct allegation from his years at Yale, which conservatives quickly dismissed after the Times published a correction to its original reporting.