Federal panel of judges dismisses all 83 ethics complaints against Justice Brett Kavanaugh

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FILE – In this Oct. 8, 2018, file photo, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh stands before a ceremonial swearing-in in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Newly released tax records show an obscure non-profit last year gave nearly $15 million it received from anonymous donors to a conservative advocacy group that backedKavanaugh’s […]

A specially appointed panel of federal judges has dismissed all 83 ethics complaints against Justice Brett Kavanaugh brought against him at his confirmation hearings, according to Fortune.

The complaints against Kavanaugh ranged from allegations that he mislead the Senate about his activities in the George W. Bush White House, to his statements denying charges of sexual assault while in high school.

At the confirmation hearings in September, Kavanaugh blamed Democrats of engaging in a liberal conspiracy as part of payback for his role as a prosecutor against then-president Bill Clinton.

“This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election, fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record, revenge on behalf of the Clintons, and millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups,” Kavanaugh said. “This is a circus. … And as we all know, in the United States political system of the early 2000s, what goes around comes around.”

After the hearings were over, a special judicial council from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals looked into the complaints against Kavanaugh. 

On Tuesday, December 18th, Chief Judge Tim Tymkovich said that while the complaints “are serious”, the panel was obliged to dismiss them because a lower court cannot investigate or discipline a Superme Court justice.

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