Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts throws Brett Kavanaugh under a bus by referring the ethics complaints against him to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals located in Colorado, the Associated Press reports.
Several complaints against Kavanaugh were filed in connection with his confirmation hearings, which include allegations of lying under oath. The complaints were initially filed with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals where he previously sat on the bench.
The complaints against Kavanaugh rose to 15 while his confirmation was pending. Roberts received three complaints days before Kavanaugh’s belligerent and combative testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee to respond to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations that he sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers.
Roberts sent a letter to Timothy Tymkovich, the chief judge of the 10th Circuit Court, to handle the complaints. Tymkovich was on Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees. The letter doesn’t specifically name Kavanaugh, but it’s clear that is whom it is about.
It’s very telling that Roberts didn’t just let the complaints go away by doing nothing. It’s not clear how this will pan out, but it’s a sign that Roberts takes the ethics complaints serious enough that he would rather have someone removed from the political process to handle the matter.