Oh yeah, such valorous behavior.

Courtesy of NYT

The Justice Department will present one of its most prestigious awards to the lawyers who worked on the highly contentious Supreme Court nomination process of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh.

Next month, Attorney General William P. Barr will present the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service to those who worked “to support the nomination” of the judge, according to an email reviewed by The New York Times.

Mr. Trump nominated Judge Kavanaugh in July 2018 to replace Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who was retiring. Judge Kavanaugh was confirmed to the court last October.

That team being awarded includes prosecutors and lawyers from the department’s tax division, the environment and natural resources division, the civil appellate section and several United States attorneys offices.

Lawyers who worked in the office of legal policy, which carries out significant policy initiatives, and in the federal programs branch, which defends the administration in court, were also part of the team.

The announcement of this award came literally on the same day as new allegations were reported concerning Kavanaugh’s history of sexual misconduct.

Also from NYT:

Deborah Ramirez had the grades to go to Yale in 1983. But she wasn’t prepared for what she’d find there.

At Yale, she encountered students from more worldly backgrounds. Many were affluent and had attended elite private high schools. They also had experience with drinking and sexual behavior that Ms. Ramirez — who had not intended to be intimate with a man until her wedding night — lacked.

During the winter of her freshman year, a drunken dormitory party unsettled her deeply. She and some classmates had been drinking heavily when, she says, a freshman named Brett Kavanaugh pulled down his pants and thrust his penis at her, prompting her to swat it away and inadvertently touch it. Some of the onlookers, who had been passing around a fake penis earlier in the evening, laughed.

That story actually came out during the Kavanaugh hearing but now the Times has found seven people who heard about it around campus at the time it happened.

But this one is new:

We also uncovered a previously unreported story about Mr. Kavanaugh in his freshman year that echoes Ms. Ramirez’s allegation. A classmate, Max Stier, saw Mr. Kavanaugh with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party, where friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student. Mr. Stier, who runs a nonprofit organization in Washington, notified senators and the F.B.I. about this account, but the F.B.I. did not investigate and Mr. Stier has declined to discuss it publicly. (We corroborated the story with two officials who have communicated with Mr. Stier.)

This got the attention of Trump who tweeted out this advice just this morning:

Sexual predators got to stick together I guess.

You know I’m old enough to remember when awards like the ones described above were given for actual accomplishments and not just for helping to get an accused sexual molester into a position of power. 

I’m just surprised that Senator Susan Collins was not also nominated for such an award. 

After all they could never have accomplished this without her help.