Sens. Jeff Flake (R) and Chris Coons (D) appeared on 60 Minutes Sunday, and they both agreed that if Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh lied while testifying before senators last week, his nomination would be done.
Last week, Kavanaugh told the Senate Judiciary Committee under oath that he was first made aware of Deborah Ramirez’s accusations when he read about it in the New Yorker article dated September 23, 2018. This appears to be a lie.
NBC News reported yesterday that they have text messages proving Kavanaugh was messaging former Yale classmates about Ramirez’s accusations prior to the article in the New Yorker.
From NBC News:
The texts between Berchem and Karen Yarasavage, both friends of Kavanaugh, suggest that the nominee was personally talking with former classmates about Ramirez’s story in advance of the New Yorker article that made her allegation public. In one message, Yarasavage said Kavanaugh asked her to go on the record in his defense. Two other messages show communication between Kavanaugh’s team and former classmates in advance of the story.
During their appearance on 60 Minutes, Scott Pelley asked Flake and Coons, “If Brett Kavanaugh is shown to have lied to the committee, nomination’s over?”
“Oh, yes,” Flake, an Arizona Republican, replied.
“I would think so,” Coons, the Delaware Democrat, added.
Despite Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) anger and frustration over what he believes to be unfair treatment of Kavanaugh, in 1999, during the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, Graham made the following remark about judges found to have committed perjury:
“I think it is important for this body to not have a disposition plan that doesn’t take in consideration the good of this Nation. I have argued to you that when you found that a judge was a perjurer, you couldn’t in good conscience send him back in the courtroom because everybody that came in that courtroom thereafter would have a real serious doubt.”
Kavanaugh told a number of lies during the hearing last week, including that he and Blasey Ford didn’t travel in the same social circles, that the legal drinking age in Maryland was 18, when it was actually 21, and a number of other untrue statements which you can read HERE.
Now we will see if Flake meant what he said