Yale Law School Dean Says Brett Kavanaugh Should Be Investigated Over Sexual Assault Allegations

The dean of Yale Law School, where Brett Kavanaugh earned his degree, said Friday the allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh should be further investigated as students at the institution protested against the federal judge.

Dean Heather Gerken said Kavanaugh's confirmation process should be halted "in the best interest" of the Supreme Court, a potentially massive blow to Kavanaugh as he already faces three accusations of sexual assault or misconduct while in high school and college.

"I join the American Bar Association in calling for an additional investigation into allegations made against Judge Kavanaugh. Proceeding with the confirmation process without further investigation is not in the best interest of the Court or our profession," the statement read.

Gerken's statement followed that of Robert Carlson, the president of the American Bar Association and his call for further investigation.

"We make this request because of the ABA's respect for the rule of law and due process under law," Carlson said in a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein. "The basic principles that underscore the Senate's constitutional duty of advice and consent on federal judicial nominees require nothing less than a careful examination of the accusations and facts by the FBI."

After attending Yale as an undergrad, Kavanaugh stayed at the top Connecticut university to earn his law degree in 1990.

Many current students staged a sit-in protest that resulted in class cancellations and led to a town hall on Tuesday for students and faculty to talk about the accusations made against Kavanaugh.

Gerken and Carlson's statements were less than a day removed from the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, who told senators she was "100 percent" certain that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her in the summer of 1982.

Kavanaugh fully denied Ford's allegations on Thursday. The nominee said that he believed Ford had been assaulted, but that he did not.

Kavanaugh also faces accusations from former Yale student Deborah Ramirez, who said Kavanaugh had exposed himself to her in college and thrust his penis in her face, forcing her to touch it. A third accuser, Julie Swetnick, said Kavanaugh was involved in parties where gang rapes took place.

Kavanaugh has denied every allegation made against him.

The Senate Judiciary Committee was in the process Friday of discussing Ford and Kavanaugh's testimony before holding a committee vote. The vote is currently tight with Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona issuing a statement that he would vote "yes" to confirm Kavanaugh, while red-state Democrats Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Jon Tester of Montana said Friday they would vote "no."

Senators Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Manchin all remain key voters who could decide if Kavanaugh reaches the country's highest court.

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Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on September 27. Yale Law School Dean Heather Gerken said Kavanaugh’s confirmation process should be halted “in the best interest” of the Supreme Court. Getty Images/Saul Loeb
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