Chief Justice John Roberts orders new investigation into Brett Kavanaugh: Fox News
White House Director of Strategic Communications and former lobbyist Mercedes Schlapp, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and Brett Schlapp, head of the American Conservative Union lobbying organization, celebrating Kavanaugh's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court (Twitter).

Fox News personality Bret Baier on Wednesday reported that U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has referred allegations of judicial misconduct claims against Justice Brett Kavanaugh to outside judges for investigation.

Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson, a George H.W. Bush nominee, forwarded more than a dozen misconduct complaints to the chief justice after determining they were substantive enough that they needed to be investigated by judges outside the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, where Kavanaugh was serving as a judge.

“The situation is highly unusual, legal experts and several people familiar with the matter said,” The Washington Post explained on Saturday. “Never before has a Supreme Court nominee been poised to join the court while a fellow judge recommends that a series of misconduct claims against that nominee warrant review.”

Chief Justice Roberts had been sitting on the complaints for weeks, refusing action before Kavanaugh was confirmed and sworn in to the Supreme Court on Saturday.

"Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is asking federal judges outside the beltway to investigate complaints over statements made by now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his contentious nomination," Baier reported Wednesday.

"Roberts says he received the ethics complaints beginning September 20th, but did not act on referrals until today," Baier added.

Watch (Roberts’ letter below video):

[caption id="attachment_1368672" align="aligncenter" width="652"] Letter from Chief Justice Roberts Transferring Judicial Misconduct Complaints Filed Against Former Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Tenth Circuit[/caption]