Roberts refers complaints about Kavanaugh to federal judges in Colorado

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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.

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The Washington Post spoke with University of Pittsburgh law professor Arthur Hellman about the likely next step.

The complaints relate to testimony that Kavanaugh gave last month during his confirmation hearings, according to a source familiar, and do not pertain to his conduct as a sitting judge.

Within a half hour of the start of his first oral argument on the Supreme Court Tuesday, Kavanaugh had already proved he wouldn't be a silent presence on the bench like Justice Clarence Thomas, who went through a similarly bruising confirmation process in 1991 but was famously quiet during questioning.

At the time, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the American people should have a say in the direction of the court, meaning no judge should be confirmed until a new president is elected.

Roberts took no action on them while Kavanaugh's nomination was pending. They only "seek investigations. of the public statements he has made as a nominee to the Supreme Court", Henderson said in a statement. He did not immediately move to refer the filings to another appeals court.

But Gillers said the complaints "may be found not to be meritorious in the end".

Many Republican voters have been trying to overturn Roe v Wade ever since it passed, electing pro-lifers to office who would then appoint pro-life judges to local and state courts and most importantly the Supreme Court.

Such complaints are usually confidential unless the judicial council investigating issues a public report about its findings.

This means that the complaints made against him are effectively confidential and can be dismissed without releasing the details of the complaints to the public.

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