SCOTUS or bust: Kavanaugh forced to withdraw from teaching gig at Harvard

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One of Brett Kavanaugh's Yale Law School classmates has come forward to rebuke the Supreme Court nominee after initially backing him - and cited his Senate Judiciary Committee testimony as his reason.

"We believe that Judge Kavanaugh's appointment as an HLS lecturer sends a message to law students, and in particular female students, that powerful men are above the law, and that obstructive, inappropriate behavior will be rewarded", the letter reads.

The allegations facing Kavanaugh have been a contentious issue at Harvard, where he has taught law students for 10 years.

"Judge Kavanaugh is not leadership material and he is not lectureship material". As The Crimson reported, students on the law campus have called for the university to suspend him from teaching pending a "full and fair investigation" into the sexual misconduct claims against him. In January, Kavanaugh was set to teach "The Supreme Court Since 2005", a class he's offered since 2009, per The Huffington Post.

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"People are coming together to say, 'This isn't the type of person we want teaching at Harvard Law, '" a law lecturer and 2010 graduate Jessica Lynn Corsi said. Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied all the allegations. "Or will Harvard allow him to teach students without further inquiry?"

Besides Harvard, students and faculty at Yale Law School have also expressed concerns about Kavanaugh, both on campus in CT and in Washington.

A Harvard Law School spokeswoman confirmed Kavanaugh's decision to The Associated Press on Tuesday. Kavanaugh is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law.

The FBI, meanwhile, is in the midst of its own investigation of sexual assault claims against Kavanaugh, as his confirmation hangs in the balance.