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Cory Gardner’s wife was sent beheading video amid Kavanaugh confirmation battle

Authors: Mark Harden, Washington Examiner - October 7, 2018 - Updated: October 8, 2018

The wife of U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (pistured) received a graphic video via text message amid Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s heated confirmation process. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The wife of U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner received a graphic video via text message amid Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s heated confirmation process.

Gardner, R-Colorado, said Sunday that his wife, Jaime, was sent a text with a video depicting a beheading after Kavanaugh’s confirmation process by the Senate was roiled by allegations of sexual misconduct.

The names and addresses of some of his family members were also posted online before the justice was confirmed Saturday, Gardner said.

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The video was first reported by Fox News and later by USA Today.

A spokesman from Gardner’s Senate office confirmed the incident to Colorado Politics late Sunday but did not elaborate.

The sender of the text was not identified.

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Gardner, who chairs the National Republican Senatorial Committee, first announced his support of Kavanaugh in July. At the time — long before sexual accusations emerged about the nominee — Gardner said after meeting Kavanaugh, an appellate-court judge,  that he would make “an incredible Supreme Court justice,” adding: “Clearly he is a well-qualified judge who has incredible experience in the federal courts.”

Several weeks later, the senator said after accusations of misconduct were leveled at Kavanaugh that the women making the allegations deserved to be heard by the Senate. Deborah Ramirez of Boulder was one of Kavanaugh’s accusers.

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Gardner stated his intention to vote for Kavanaugh on Friday after reviewing an FBI supplemental background report ordered by President Donald Trump at the behest of senators into whether the justice behaved inappropriately toward women, saying that “no evidence was found by the FBI to corroborate the allegations made against him.”

Kavanaugh has denied all accusations of sexual impropriety.

The Senate voted 50-48 Saturday to place Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, and he was sworn in a short time later. Gardner voted to confirm Kavanaugh and his Democratic Senate colleague, Michael Bennet, voted no.

Gardner’s office received an anonymous letter in September from the Denver area, which he forwarded to Senate leaders, that alleged Kavanaugh “once forcefully and ‘sexually’ shoved a woman he was dating into a wall at a bar in 1998,” according to a summary of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s investigative efforts sent to reporters last month. But the accusation was dismissed by the panel’s majority members as not being credible.

Kavanaugh was sworn in Saturday evening as the 114th Supreme Court justice after being confirmed by the Senate in a close 50-48 vote.

Mark Harden

Mark Harden

Mark Harden is managing editor of Colorado Politics. He previously was news director at the Denver Business Journal; city editor, online news editor, state editor, national editor and popular music critic at The Denver Post; and an editor and reporter at newspapers in the Seattle area and San Francisco.

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