In an 11th hour bid to destroying the reputation and career of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, liberals have propped up a salacious claim that the judge tried to molest a woman… over 30 years ago. But, even if you believe that this hardcore, left-wing activist was somehow assaulted back in the early 1980s, her story is a hot mess of claims and revolving alterations made to fit the goal of destroying Kavanaugh.
The accusations have been made by Bernie Sanders supporter and self-professed “Trump resistance” worker, Christine Blasey Ford, who the Washington Post says felt like she suffered a “rape attempt” in the early 1980s during high school. I won’t recap her story, but suffice to say there are giant holes in it.
Multiple inconsistencies have appeared in Ford’s accusations. For instance, she cannot recall exactly when when this “attempted rape” occurred but thinks it was sometime in 1982. She is also not sure exactly where it happened. These vagaries are notable as most women who were victims of rape or even a startling physical assault can recall in excruciating detail just what happened to them.
But this woman can’t remember when it happened or where? It seems hard to believe.
She has also revised just who was in the room when she claims the incident took place. In the so-called “psychiatrist’s notes” of her testimony from 2012, she claimed there were four boys in the room with her and a teenaged Brett Kavanaugh. But, now she is claiming that only she and Kavanaugh and a boy named Mark Judge were in the room.
This is convenient because it precludes the Democrats from having to find the other four witnesses and turns it strictly into a “she said/he said” accusation. That is much more convenient for the Democrats who can then just yell the blanket accusation that Kavanaugh is a “liar” despite what else is said.
Mark Judge has 100 percent denied any part in such an incident and has also said that no such incident could have occurred.
For his part, Judge Kaanaugh has also completely denied all allegations. Per The Washington Times:
“This is a completely false allegation. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes — to her or to anyone,” he said in a statement issued by the White House. “Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday.”
“I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity,” he said in the statement.
On top of that, a letter of support for the judge has been signed by 65 women who knew Kavanaugh when he was younger and they ALL testify that no such incident could have occurred at the hands of the man they knew as a teen.
Then there is the timing of the accusations. It appears that this whole scheme has been cooked up by the Democrat Party since July. The left has been prepping this whole scheme since then.
Senate Democrats have been aware of all this for months, but have said nothing until AFTER the hearings and interviews with the judge. The timing is seen as quite suspicious and smacks of a desperate political stunt.
In an emailed statement, GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell (R, KY) slammed the whole situation:
“It is an accusation which Judge Kavanaugh has completely and unequivocally denied. Quote: ‘This is a completely false allegation. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes—to her or to anyone.’ It is an accusation which the ranking member on the committee of jurisdiction has known about for at least six weeks, yet chose to keep secret until the 11th hour.
“Neither she nor any of her Democratic colleagues chose to raise this allegation during the committee staff’s bipartisan background calls with the nominee. They did not raise it, even with the name redacted, in the 65 meetings Judge Kavanaugh held with Senators before his confirmation hearings, including his private meeting with the Ranking Member. They did not raise it, even with the name redacted, in four days of exhaustive public hearings while Judge Kavanaugh testified under oath — even though they chose to raise myriad other matters at the hearing, including through sometimes bizarre innuendo.
“They did not raise it in the closed session, the proper forum where such an allegation could been addressed with discretion and sensitivity. They did not raise it in the thousand-plus follow-up questions that Senators sent to Judge Kavanaugh in writing. But now – at the 11th hour, with committee votes on the schedule, after Democrats have spent weeks and weeks searching for any possible reason that the nomination should be delayed.
“Now they choose to introduce this allegation. Not through the standard, bipartisan process. Not by advising the Judiciary Committee colleagues and committee staff through proper channels. But by leaking it to the press. Because the chain of custody of this letter runs through the Democrat side of the Judiciary Committee.”
Then there is the identity of both the accuser and her council to consider as both are hardcore, left-wing activists.
The self-proclaimed “victim,” Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University, is also a long-time left-wing activist who once donned a “brain pussy hat” for an anti-Trump march and who worked for and donated to the Bernie Sanders campaign. Ford also signed onto a letter attacking Trump over his border policy.
As to her lawyer, “Debra Katz is a prominent sexual harassment and civil rights attorney known in the #MeToo movement. According to the FEC website, Katz is a Democratic campaign donor,” Heavy.com reported.
With all this, Richard A Epstein of the Hoover Institute and a New York law professor has the best take on this whole thing:
The Democratic resistance to the Kavanaugh nomination has been an all-out assault on his judicial philosophy and personal integrity from the moment that it was announced. I have no doubt that any senator has the full and complete right to vote whatever way he or she thinks fit on the nomination. And I have no doubt that if the Democrats held a majority of the seats in the Senate, they could have stonedwalled this nomination, just as the Republicans did with Merrick Garland. It is well-established constitutional law that the Senate need not call a hearing, let alone schedule a vote. In retrospect, the decision not to hold any hearings on Garland should be regarded as a wise and humane political decision, because it spared Garland and the nation a similar disgraceful exhibition of intolerance that some conservative opponents of Garland may well have launched to tarnish his confirmation chances.
But this last-ditch decision to sabotage Kavanaugh at the 11th hour is a disgusting piece of political propaganda. Christine Blasey Ford behaved wholly improperly when she decided to write a letter only to “a senior Democratic lawmaker,” in which she made the most serious allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh. At the very least, she ought to have handled matters wholly differently. If she wanted to keep matters confidential, she should have sent that letter to President Trump and to Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman of the judiciary committee. She also should have sent it to the FBI for investigation. And she should have done all of these things at the earliest possible moment, in time for a principled and neutral examination to take place before the Senate hearings took place. Then, she should have sat for a cross-examination.
Putting the information exclusively in the hands of key Democrats thus invited the wholly corrupt strategy that has now unfolded. First, the Democrats would try to discredit Kavanaugh by engaging in a set of procedural antics and obnoxious substantive questions during the hearing, without mentioning this letter. When that strategy abjectly failed, they knew they had to go to Plan B, which was to release the letter and the allegation days before the confirmation vote. A perfect sandbag, for the Democrats knew full well that there was no time to respond to them, without causing an enormous delay in the confirmation hearings. Their hope was, and is, to create a huge media circus that would take weeks if not months to sort out. Shipwreck this nomination. Make it impossible for the current Senate to pass on any subsequent nominee before January. Then take control of the Senate and create a stalemate that could run on until the next presidential election.
And for what? Ford, Kavanaugh’s accuser, maintained a stony silence on these allegations for more than 35 years. At no point did she raise them in connection with the Senate confirmation hearings before Kavanaugh was confirmed in 2006. Kavanaugh has categorically denied the allegations. Late last week, Mark Judge, his alleged accomplice, denounced the allegations as “absolutely nuts.” No other woman has ever made any allegation of this sort against Kavanaugh. and 65 women have written an explicit letter in his defense. Kavanaugh is right not to respond beyond his categorical denial, knowing full well that further comment would only draw him further into a vortex on which credibility determinations would be unending. And the Senate is right to continue with the confirmation vote. The institutional damage to the Senate, the Supreme Court, and the nation has already been enormous. What is left now is only the sorry task of damage containment. What sane judge would like to be the next Supreme Court nominee?
Exactly right, and well said.
This whole accusation is a lie. A political stunt meant to destroy a good man and damage the Trump administration.
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