Donald Trump says GOP losing the House is a 'possibility'

Ben Davidson
October 11, 2018

Lindsey Graham. In fact, Graham raised that possibility in a tirade during the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing.

Details of the complaints have not been made public.

Both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., have been at odds over finishing up nominees, with neither side willing to budge much following the grueling confirmation process of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

The letter from Roberts does not mention Kavanaugh by name.

Kavanaugh's confirmation process exploded in controversy after California university professor Christine Blasey Ford went public with allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982, while they were in high school. Manweller, who was sacked from his professor position at Central Washington University in August following an outside investigation into alleged inappropriate conduct, has denied the allegations but has said he will finish his term but not serve another if re-elected next month.

Another ethicist, Stephen Gillers of New York University, disagreed that the complaints are moot.

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He said that "under historic scrutiny", Mr Kavanaugh was "proven innocent".

As of yet, Chief Justice Roberts has not made any moves to resolve or review the complaints.

But Gillers said the complaints "may be found not to be meritorious in the end".

The existence of misconduct complaints and the procedure can be disclosed, according to the rules, "when necessary or appropriate to maintain public confidence in the judiciary's ability to redress misconduct or disability". They typically are dealt with by experienced judges in the courthouse or region where a judge serves.

In a letter Wednesday to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, Roberts said he selected the court in Colorado to "accept the transfer and to exercise the powers of a judicial council with respect to the identified complaints and any pending or new complaints relating to the same subject matter". Henderson said they all relate to the hearings, not to his conduct as a judge. And even before the Kavanaugh controversy, the Senate race there was among a handful of close contests that could decide whether Republicans keep control of the Senate, where they have a 51-49 majority.

Tymkovich is a George W. Bush appointee who is on Trump's Supreme Court short list.

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