Merrick Garland Recuses Himself From Hearing Ethics Complaints Against Brett Kavanaugh
Brett Kavanaugh is all but assured to be voted into the Supreme Court today. That does not mean, however, that he will not have to answer for his behavior of the past few weeks.
Kavanaugh will be subject to a number of ethics complaints related to his last weeks testimony. According to the Washington Times, two of the complaints accuse, “him of perjury and engaging in conduct unbecoming of a judge during his Supreme Court confirmation battle.”
In a strange twist, the judge assigned to hear these complaints is the head of the DC Circuit Court, Merrick Garland. Garland is well remembered as being tabbed by Barack Obama for Antonin Scalia’s Supreme Court seat.
The Republican majority senate obstructed Garland’s nomination as they were not even willing to vote on Garland’s candidacy.
To have Garland preside over the Kavanaugh complaints would be at a minimum strange. For that reason, Garland has recused himself from any cases related to the judge.
Buzzfeed explained the decision this morning, “The chief judge of the circuit normally handles ethics cases, nut they have discretion to step aside if they conclude “circumstances warrant disqualification” under the federal judiciary rules.”
Garland’s name came up frequently during the hearings. Many found it curious that Mitch McConnell repeatedly referred to Kavanaugh being obstructed, when it was his decision to ignore the nomination of Garland.
The ethics complaints are not the only problem Kavanaugh is facing despite his likely seat on the Supreme Court.
The American Bar Association has announced that they will be reevaluating their rating of the judge. The association said in a letter, “New information of a material nature regarding temperament during the September 27th hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee has prompted a reopening of the Standing Committee’s evaluation.”
Kavanaugh had referred to his high rating from the body during his testimony. Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote will take place later today.