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If Kavanaugh is confirmed, Democrats could still impeach him, says Republican activist

As the Senate prepares to vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, we talk to two Republican women about where they stand on the allegations made against him.

Supreme Court justice should be absolutely above reproach, says Meghan Milloy

Activists hold a protest and rally in opposition to U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh outside the Supreme Court in Washington on Oct. 4, 2018. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

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If Brett Kavanaugh is appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, allegations that he lied during testimony could open the door for his removal after the November mid-terms, according to a Republican activist.

"A Supreme Court justice should be absolutely above reproach … and they should be unimpeachable," said Meghan Milloy, co-founder of Republican Women for Progress, an organization of Republican women opposed to Donald Trump.

"We're looking at a very real possibility that the Senate could become a Democrat majority and you have to imagine the first thing that they would do is impeach him," she said.

Kavanaugh appeared before a Senate judiciary committee to address allegations of sexual misconduct on Sept. 27. People from his past have alleged that he lied about his drinking, and about the meaning of references in his yearbook, including the phrase "Devil's Triangle."

Opponents suggested it had a sexual connotation, but Kavanaugh insisted it was a drinking game.

"It is a very real possibility that he has been lying under oath — yes about very small details," Milloy said.

"But if it's a man willing to lie under oath about small details, I don't think that's someone who should be on the highest court in the land."

Kavanaugh gave evidence before a Senate judiciary committee on Sept. 27. (Andrew Harnik/Associated Press)

Mary Rice Hasson argued that those examples of Kavanaugh "lying under oath" amount to a difference in perception.

"There is evidence that other people say: 'Yes, what he said Devil's Triangle means is exactly right,'" said Hasson, who is the Kate O'Beirne Fellow in Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C.

"So that's a differing perception, that's not the same as lying."

A Senate procedural vote Friday passed 51-49. The final vote on his appointment is expected Saturday.

Listen to the full discussion near the top of this page.

Produced by The Current's ​Zena Olijnyk, Ines Colabrese, Richard Raycraft and Ghalia Bdiwe.


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