Sunday, July 01, 2007

Bush-appointed judge who authored Starr Report accused of lying to Congress

You may recall Brett Kavanaugh. As an aide to Ken Starr, he was the principal author of the Starr report, which led the GOP Congress to impeach President Clinton for allegedly lying about sex in a civil deposition in a lawsuit that was dismissed for lack of merit. Kavanaugh went on to serve as a lawyer for Bush in the White House. Bush nominated him for a lifetime appointment to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit - the most important and influential court in America after the US Supreme Court - and the Senate confirmed him. In the confirmation hearing, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) asked Kavanaugh if he'd played any role in the legal analysis and debate over enemy combatants. Kavanaugh categorically denied it. Now there are reports that Kavanaugh played a key role. Durbin is writing him to ask him to clear it up.

"By testifying under oath that you were not involved in this issue, it appears
that you misled me, the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the nation," Durbin
wrote Kavanaugh, who was confirmed by the Senate last year on a vote of 57-36
for a seat on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

But Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) ought to initiate impeachment. Steven Griles was sentenced to 10 months in prison yesterday for lying to Congress - it's a crime. Brett Kavanaugh should be his cellmate, not a judge on the 2nd most powerful court in America.

- Joe Sudbay,

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