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Kavanaugh: I didn’t know Kozinski misconduct allegations
Judge Brett Kavanaugh calls the sexual misconduct allegations against its former chief judge Alex Kozinski, a “gut-punch” during his Supeme Court hearing.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said it was a “gut-punch” when he learned about the numerous sexual misconduct allegations against judge Alex Kozinski, his former Mentor, of numerous women.
Kavanaugh, who was asked about his relationship with Kozinski of Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch during his Supreme Court hearing on Wednesday, said he was “shocked, disappointed, [and] angry” by the allegations and felt a “whirlwind of emotions.” He said he had no knowledge of the alleged behavior until the allegations were made public.
Kozinski pulled back abruptly from the 9. U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in California last year after several female former law clerks and colleagues accused him of sexual misconduct that included touching, inappropriate sexual comments, and forced viewings of pornography in his chambers. The case has to verify in the Federal courts to better protect the right of employees to harassment by the powerful judge that can make or break your career.
“If they [the allegations] to the public, is the first thought I had was, no one should be subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace is always – also said the judiciary, especially in the judiciary,” Kavanaugh,.
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But Kavanaugh said the accusations against Kozinski – who has denied the allegations through his lawyer – are part of a wider national question, and said, it is a better system for reporting harassment in the workplace.
“Whether priests or coaches or teachers or doctors or business people or news people, there is a broad national problem that must be solved, including in the judiciary,” Kavanaugh said, adding that he supports the Chief Justice John Roberts, the establishment of a working group to address problems with sexual harassment in the judiciary.
“I’m interested in everything that I can to help to make these efforts, the jobs, sure,” Kavanaugh added.
Kavanaugh ‘ s relations to Kozinski, it was expected that they be educated during the hearing. Kozinski advocated in the name of Kavanaugh in 2006, when he was brought before the Senate judiciary Committee prior to her appointment as a Federal judge.
Kavanaugh is a former employee of Kozinski and landed a coveted internship for justice Anthony Kennedy to the Supreme court – who is he now trying to replace – with the support of Kozinski. The Senate confirmed Kavanaugh, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit shortly after Kozinski gave him its “highest recommendation” in 2006, three years after George W. Bush first nominated him for a judgeship.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, said he felt “good blow”, when he learned of sexual misconduct allegations against judge Alex Kozinski, a mentor.
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There are other connections between the two men. Kavanaugh and Kozinski have in the last few years by the lit candidate for Kennedy block placements. Kavanaugh set Kozinski, the youngest son, a Yale law graduate, Clayton Kozinski, in the last year, as one of his employees. The younger Kozinski had in the line to be a Kennedy-pen stand in this year before the judiciary announced retirement.
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To recommend So far, no evidence has surfaced Kavanaugh Kozinski was aware of the alleged behavior, the allegations were made public. Kavanaugh told lawmakers on Wednesday that it was “often” , he said, or saw Kozinski and said he could not remember ever receiving E-Mails from Kozinski, who were suitable in nature.
Prior to the confirmation hearing, sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, said, “Alex Kozinski relationship with judge Kavanaugh is a legitimate area of research, and I plan to question judge Kavanaugh on this topic.”
This is the second day of Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing and the first, as members of the Senate judiciary Committee are able to judge to ask questions. The contested hearing was marked by numerous protests from those in the audience, and is calling Democratic senators spent much of the first day for a delay of the hearing.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.