Democrats are calling for the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh over a New York Times report that reignites allegations of sexual misconduct.
Democratic presidential contender Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) on Sunday accused Kavanaugh of lying during his Senate confirmation hearings following the publication of the new allegations.
"He must be impeached," Harris declared.
Julián Castro, a Democratic presidential contender, also called for Kavanaugh's impeachment.
"It's more clear than ever that Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath. He should be impeached," Castro said. "And Congress should review the failure of the Department of Justice to properly investigate the matter."
However, the newest allegations — that seven people have corroborated Deborah Ramirez's accusations and that Kavanaugh pulled down his pants at a Yale party and his "friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student" — are not as substantiated as Democrats would make them appear.
In fact, the Times omitted several key details from its story.
Although the Times reporters alleged they had contacted seven people who corroborated Ramirez's story, the Times itself reported last year they could find no one to confirm Ramirez's story; Ramirez herself could find no one to corroborate her allegations.
Meanwhile, the alleged victim of the second incident told the two Times reporters who published the story that she did not remember the alleged incident involving Kavanaugh's being pushed into her hand.
The Times also did not include that in the story, although it was printed in the forthcoming book from which the story was pulled.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) responded to the impeachment calls Sunday, saying they represent Democrats' obsession "with trying to smear Justice Kavanaugh."
"I think this article just shows the obsession with the far left, — with trying to smear Justice Kavanaugh by going 30 years back with anonymous sources," Cruz said. "It really is another sign of how nasty and divided the time is today."