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Even though the Senate has approved Brett Kavanaugh’s ascent to the Supreme Court, liberals are likely to still seek his ouster.
What is underway?
A petition to impeach Kavanaugh has more than 125,000 signatures, progressive groups are raising money to get him expelled from the high court and a prominent Democratic lawmaker is pledging to reopen an investigation into the judge if the party retakes the House in the November election, according to published reports.
“Calls for his ouster speak to the fury felt by the liberal base,” NBC News wrote.
If he's impeached, Kavanaugh would become the first Supreme Court justice in American history to be removed, the news outlet stated.
Back in 1804, Samuel Chase was impeached, but the Senate acquitted him and he remained on the bench, according to the report.
At the time of this writing, preparations were underway swear Kavanaugh in Saturday. That allows him to begin immediately working on the court, which started its term on Monday.
"An accused sexual predator who committed perjury by repeatedly lying under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee has no business being a judge — period," Heidi Hess, co-director of the liberal group CREDO Action, said. The group helped organize the Kavanaugh impeachment petition.
"We will particularly focus on making sure House Democrats know that progressives expect them to use their full power to get Kavanaugh off the bench if they gain control of the House," she stated in the NBC report. "A majority of Americans opposed Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court and we believe a majority will ultimately support his impeachment as well."
Donald Trump Jr. on Friday warned Republicans that the fight isn’t over.
The fight isn’t over," he tweeted. "You better believe that Democrats are going to do everything in their power to impeach Kavanuagh from the Supreme Court if they take control of Congress in November."
Some Democrats are also feeling the fallout.
MoveOn announced it was cancelling a six-figure ad campaign for former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat who is running for the Senate. Bredesen had said Friday he approves of Kavanaugh's nomination.
But some liberals are saying that a focus on Kavanaugh is not a good strategy. Some have said it's dangerous for democracy, the report states.
"That is not happening anytime soon," Jim Manley, a former aide to Harry Reid, the former Democratic Senate leader, told the news outlet. "I really wish folks would stop this talk of impeaching Kavanaugh and keep the focus on where it belongs" — the midterm elections."
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