Chief Justice John Roberts has announced that he has referred ethics complaints made against Brett Kavanaugh to federal judges outside of Washington DC.
The complaints allegedly stem from Kavanaugh’s statements during his confirmation hearings.
According to Fox News:
Chief Justice John Roberts is referring complaints about statements made by new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to federal judges outside the Beltway.
In a letter posted Wednesday on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals website, Roberts announced that he has asked judges who handle ethics complaints for the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to deal with the claims.
Roberts said in his letter that he was initially notified of complaints against Kavanaugh on Sept. 20. The complaints deal with statements Kavanaugh made during his confirmation hearings and were initially filed with the D.C. Circuit, where Kavanaugh served for 12 years before joining the high court.
In a statement issued Saturday, D.C. Circuit Judge Karen Henderson said the complaints only “seek investigations … of the public statements [Kavanaugh] has made as a nominee to the Supreme Court.” Kavanaugh was confirmed to the high court that same day after a contentious nomination process that included allegations of sexual misconduct dating back to his days as a high school and college student.
Some of the complaints we received by Roberts before Kavanaugh gave his denial against the accusations levied by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Roberts apparently has many options on how to refer the complaints but it appears he chose to move outside of Kavanaugh’s region to eliminate any notion of bias in the investigation.