Despite her opposition to Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, Sen. Claire McCaskill said Monday she “would never consider” impeaching him.
McCaskill voted against Kavanaugh, who was appointed in July by President Donald Trump and confirmed Saturday on a 50-48 vote. He was sworn in Saturday night.
Kavanaugh’s historically close confirmation vote came after a bitter partisan fight spurred by allegations Kavanaugh denies that he sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford when they were both in high school.
Already, progressive groups and some Democratic members of Congress have floated the idea of impeaching the newly-minted justice. McCaskill said she would oppose any such efforts despite her concerns over Kavanaugh’s record on money in politics.
“The elected representatives have now spoken, and I think it is counterproductive for anyone to talk (about) that, and frankly no one in the Senate is talking about that,” McCaskill said during a Kansas City visit.
“I certainly would never consider it.”
Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, the Republican running to unseat McCaskill, seized on the impeachment talk in a fund-raising email Monday afternoon, saying if Democrats gain the Senate majority, they will move to impeach Kavanaugh.
“Every politician who stands up to them with will be threatened with removal, and Claire McCaskill will go right along with it just as she always has,” Hawley told supporters.
In a phone call with reporters, he claimed the same and accused McCaskill of failing to stand up against efforts to delegitimize Kavanaugh. Hawley pointed to comments from Sen. Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat and potential presidential contender who campaigned for McCaskill earlier this year as proof that Democrats want to impeach Kavanaugh. Booker said that Kavanaugh should be held accountable if there is conclusive proof he lied to the Senate committee.
“It’s her party. These are her leaders and she would not raise a single word against it,” Hawley said.
Hawley said Democrats don’t care about Ford or Kavanaugh.
“They don’t care about the truth,” he said.
Asked whether her Kavanaugh vote would hurt her re-election chances, McCaskill declined to talk about “horse-race” political issues. She has said multiple times her vote was based on Kavanaugh’s record, not Ford’s accusation.
“I think if Missourians think about that, I think they will understand my position,” McCaskill said.
Earlier this year, Hawley called for Gov. Eric Greitens to resign amid allegations of sexual misconduct. He said that the allegations against Kavanaugh were uncorroborated, but did not directly answer a question about how he distinguishes between those allegations and the ones that forced Greitens from office.