Freshman member of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO) said on Friday that the body is likely to investigate claims that Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh perjured himself during testimony before Congress and could seek his impeachment.
According to National Review, Neguse was speaking to constituents when he said there is “no question” that Kavanaugh “committed perjury during the confirmation hearings and so forth”, adding that “the Judiciary Committee is likely to take that up.”
In the video of the exchange disseminated by a conservative advocacy group, Neguse did not explain which specific statement of Kavanaugh’s he believes constituted perjury.
Accusations of perjury were lobbed at Kavanaugh during his confirmation process over testimony he provided about sexual assault allegations by his former Yale classmate Deborah Ramirez.
During his second confirmation hearing, Kavanaugh told lawmakers he first heard of the allegations when the story broke in The New Yorker, along with the rest of the public; however, NBC News later reported text exchanges Kavanaugh had with friends in which they appeared to discuss the allegations prior to the New Yorker report.
But National Review notes that Kavanaugh had in fact informed Senate investigators prior to that testimony that he was aware of Ramirez’s efforts reaching out to former classmates in an attempt to substantiate her claims.
A transcript of that conversation with investigators, which occurred ahead of both the New Yorker report and his second confirmation hearing, shows that Kavanaugh did not intend to lie to lawmakers, as he had already admitted learning of the report in advance. NBC News subsequently edited its report without issuing a correction.
The justice was also accused of lying about his work during the George W. Bush administration, as well as misleading senators during the sexual assault allegations hearing over the meaning of slang terms used in his high school yearbook.