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More than two dozen progressive groups have asked the House Oversight and Judiciary committees to examine whether Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh committed perjury during his Senate confirmation hearings last fall.

A letter addressed to the panels Thursday from groups including the Women’s March, UltraViolet, the Center for Biological Diversity, the National Black Justice Coalition, the National Council of Jewish Women and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee contends that “many issues went unresolved during last year’s confirmation process, when Senate Republicans jettisoned all procedural norms and abandoned any sense of fairness, and they must be investigated.”

HOUSE JUDICIARY DEMOCRAT SAYS KAVANAUGH WILL ‘LIKELY’ BE INVESTIGATED FOR PERJURY

The issues identified by the groups include “whether he [Kavanaugh] sexually assaulted the women who credibly accused him of doing so [and] whether he lied about his financial debt and how it was repaid; and whether he is ultimately fit to be a justice on the Supreme Court.”

The “financial debt” refers to reports following Kavanaugh’s nomination that he racked up tens of thousands of dollars in credit card debt buying Washington Nationals season tickets for himself and friends, as well as for home improvements. Kavanaugh and the White House said the debts were paid off or fell below the legal reporting limit after Kavanaugh’s friends reimbursed him for the baseball tickets, an explanation the groups said “simply makes no sense … The White House’s involvement in trying to explain it [the debt] away only heightens the need for further investigation and public answers.”

The debate over Kavanaugh’s confirmation was rocked by sexual assault allegations dating back to his days in high school and college in the 1980s. Kavanaugh angrily denied the allegations in a dramatic appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 27. Following a brief delay to accommodate a supplemental FBI investigation into the claims, Kavanaugh was confirmed by the full Senate on Oct. 6.

FEDERAL COURT PANEL DISMISSES APPEALS OVER JUSTICE KAVANAUGH MISCONDUCT COMPLAINTS

In December, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals’ Judicial Council dismissed 83 ethics complaints against Kavanaugh dating back more than a decade to his confirmation hearing for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. In dismissing the complaints, Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich wrote that while “the allegations in the complaint are serious,” they could not be reviewed because they were filed under a federal law that does not apply to Supreme Court justices. The council dismissed 20 legal appeals involving the complaints last month.

Ahead of Kavanaugh’s confirmation in October, then-House Judiciary Committee ranking member Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., told ABC News’ “This Week” that lawmakers “would have to investigate any credible allegations … of perjury and other things that haven’t been properly looked into before.”

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Following November’s midterm elections, The Federalist reported that Nadler was overheard discussing the possibility of impeaching Kavanaugh in a phone conversation on an Amtrak train to Washington.

“The worst-case scenario — or best case depending on your point of view — you prove he committed perjury, about a terrible subject and the Judicial Conference recommends you impeach him. So the president appoints someone just as bad,” Nadler reportedly said, adding that there was “a real indication that Kavanaugh committed perjury” during his confirmation hearings.

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Lawyers for President Trump on Monday sued to block a subpoena issued by members of Congress that sought the business magnate’s financial records.

The complaint named Rep. Elijah Cummings, the Democratic chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Peter Kenny, the chief investigative counsel of the House committee, as its plaintiffs.

“We will not allow Congressional Presidential harassment to go unanswered,” said Jay Sekulow, counsel to the president.

This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.

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Congressman Moulton enters Democratic 2020 presidential race

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Representative Seth Moulton entered the 2020 Democratic presidential race on Monday as a long-shot contender in a contest that now includes almost 20 candidates.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) speaks at a Merrimack County Democrats Summer Social at the Swett home in Bow, New Hampshire, U.S., July 28, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo

A 40-year-old Iraq War veteran who represents a district in Massachusetts, Moulton enters the race as an underdog, with little national name recognition and a shorter track record than some rivals who have spent years in the U.S. Senate or as state governors.

Moulton has built a political career by challenging the party’s establishment. He entered Congress in 2015 after winning a Democratic primary challenge against John Tierney, who had held the seat for 18 years.

After Democrats took control of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018, Moulton helped organize opposition to Representative Nancy Pelosi’s bid to again become Speaker of the House.

He ended his opposition to Pelosi with a statement saying: “Tough conversations make us stronger, not weaker, and we need to keep having them if we’re going to deliver on the change that we’ve promised the American people.”

In a YouTube video announcing his presidential candidacy, he said: “Decades of division and corruption have broken our democracy and robbed Americans of their voice.”

“While our country marches forward, Washington is anchored in the past,” he said.

In the video, Moulton said he wants to tackle climate change and grow the U.S. economy by promoting green jobs as well as high tech and advanced manufacturing.

Moulton served in the Marines from 2001 to 2008. During his 2014 congressional bid, he became a vocal critic of the Iraq War in which he served, saying no more troops should be deployed to the country.

He has advocated stricter gun laws, saying military-style weapons should not be owned by civilians.

Moulton supports the legalization of marijuana and told Boston public radio station WGBH in 2016 that he had smoked pot while in college.

He graduated from Harvard University with an undergraduate degree in physics in 2001 and returned to receive a master’s degree in business and public policy in 2011.

For a graphic of the 2020 presidential candidates, see: tmsnrt.rs/2Ff62ZC

Reporting by Ginger Gibson; additional reporting by Rich McKay; Editing by Colleen Jenkins, Jonathan Oatis, Kirsten Donovan and David Gregorio

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Trump sues to block subpoena for financial information

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U.S. President Donald Trump boards Air Force One as they travel to Florida for Easter weekend, at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, U.S., April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Al Drago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday sued to block a subpoena issued by the Democratic chairman of the U.S. House Oversight Committee that sought information about his and his businesses’ finances.

“Chairman Cummings’ subpoena is invalid and unenforceable because it has no legitimate legislative purpose,” lawyers for Trump and the Trump Organization said in court filing.

Reporting by Makini Brice; Editing by Tim Ahmann

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