More than a dozen ethics complaints have been filed against Justice Brett Kavanugh — on matter ranging from his partisan tirade before the Senate Judiciary Committee late last month, when he said “What goes around comes around,” to his lying under oath in confirmation hearings in both 2004 and this year about his involvement in accessing documents stolen from Democratic committee staff in 2002 when he was an aide to President George W. Bush.
Chief Justice Roberts has referred the complaints to Timothy Tymkovich, the chief judge of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Colorado. The UK Guardian has obtained proof that Kavanaugh was a key player in 2001 as a Bush aide getting the “staunch conservative” Tymkovich confirmed despite his record of strong opposition to LGBTQ rights. As solicitor general of Colorado, Tymkovich unsuccessfully argued the Romer v. Evans case before the Supreme Court in 1996 — defending the state’s Amendment 2 that barred the state or its municipalities from enacting civil rights protections for LGBTQ people. Kavanaugh’s advocacy helped secure Tymkovich’s confirmation, and now Tymkovich is in charge of adjudicating the ethics complaints against Kavanaugh.