Even before it was clear that Judge Brett Kavanaugh had enough votes in the Senate to be confirmed to the Supreme Court, congressional Democrats announced intentions to investigate and potentially impeach him if they took control of the legislative branch.
Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in 1982, has said through her lawyers that she wants no part of it, according to CNN.
“Professor Ford has not asked for anything of the sort,” said attorney Deborah Katz. “What she did was to come forward and testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee and agree to cooperate with any investigation by the FBI and that’s what she sought to do here.”
It is yet to be seen whether Democrats would honor her wishes if they win big in November midterm elections.
Still, no regrets
Although Ford’s attempt to anonymously report her allegations against Kavanaugh spiraled out of control once it became public, her attorneys say Ford doesn’t regret her choices.
“I don’t think she has any regrets,” said attorney Lisa Banks. “I think she feels like she did the right thing. And this was what she wanted to do, which was provide this information to the committee so they could make the best decision possible. And I think she still feels that was the right thing to do, so I don’t think she has any regrets.”
Democrats plan to keep fighting
Although much of the drama surrounding Kavanaugh will mercifully subside once he’s confirmed, Democrats have politically-minded plans for how to attack the judge in the future.
According to an Axios report, “top Democratic operatives are already talking about the impeachment of Brett Kavanaugh as a 2020 campaign issue if he gets confirmed to the Supreme Court. A well-known Democratic strategist says the ‘only question is: Who calls for it first?'”
The impeachment efforts would likely focus on whether Kavanaugh lied under oath at any point during his confirmation process. All of this, of course, is dependent on Democrats taking control of Congress during midterms. Impeachment requires a majority vote in the House, and a conviction requires a two-thirds majority in the Senate.