A top aide to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign — now leading a liberal “dark money” group — is backing a student effort at George Mason University to get Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh fired from teaching a summer course over misconduct allegations.
A student group calling itself “Mason For Survivors” began circulating a petition last month, so far attracting nearly 5,000 signatures, urging to “terminate AND void ALL contracts and affiliation with Brett Kavanaugh at George Mason University” on the grounds that the justice was accused of misconduct.
Fox News reports that the campaign is being given a partisan boost thanks to Brian Fallon, former press secretary for Clinton’s 2016 campaign, who’s now in charge of Demand Justice, a liberal advocacy group that doesn’t disclose its funding.Fallon and his group are paying for Facebook ads that target anyone linked with George Mason University, urging them to sign the petition, in addition to signing a separate petition that calls upon the Democrats in Congress to investigate Kavanaugh, the HuffPost reported.
Fallon defended the ads in a news release, saying that Kavanaugh “has been credibly accused of sexual assault by multiple women whose allegations have not been thoroughly investigated.”
“His confirmation to the Supreme Court does not absolve him of guilt, and he should not be given a platform to teach,” said Fallon. “We stand with survivors and urge the George Mason University administration to fire Kavanaugh.”
According to Washington Examiner, Kavanaugh is scheduled to teach a summer class for students at the university’s Antonin Scalia Law School.
The university defended its decision to hire Kavanaugh, saying his role will make the law program “uniquely valuable for our students.”
“I respect the views of people who disagreed with Justice Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation due to questions raised about his sexual conduct in high school. But he was confirmed and is now a sitting justice,” said the university’s president, Angel Cabrera.