Kavanaugh Fallout: New Investigations Begin
Kavanaugh Fallout: New Investigations Begin
The effects of the Ford-Kavanaugh hearing last Thursday is causing some political fallout. And it’s not on the Republican side. This has become a unifying moment for the right, who, while they still have ideological splits over Donald Trump, are solidly horrified over the machinations of the Democrats.
There are going to be serious repercussions for some people regarding what has been said and done in the last few days.
BREAKING: Multiple sources now telling me 3 additional investigations are about to open:
— Kevin McCullough (@KMCRadio) September 30, 2018
Let’s go through these one by one.
1) The FBI has been asked to investigate the false claims of the man who said he beat up Brett Kavanaugh and Mark Judge after they raped a woman on a boat in Rhode Island in 1985.
.@senjudiciary today referred potential false statements alleging misconduct by Judge Kavanaugh to federal law enforcement for criminal investigation after accuser recanted.https://t.co/4KOoBMz6xX pic.twitter.com/JorhgqiiYk
— Senate Judiciary (@senjudiciary) September 30, 2018
This guy did indeed recant on Twitter once his name got out to the media. But you know what? You submit a false statement to the Senate, and then recant? You’re in a whole world of legal trouble. And given the current environment, the FBI may decide to make an example out of this guy. I hope he can find himself a good criminal defense attorney.
2) Senate Republicans are calling for a full investigation of Senator Dianne Feinstein’s holding of Christine Blasey Ford’s letter – and the leaking of said letter.
If the shoe were on the other foot and we had done this….we would be destroyed. https://t.co/KtBZotl1MM
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) September 30, 2018
And Senator Graham is exactly right. Senator Feinstein withheld Dr. Ford’s letter until the last minute, and somehow, the existence of that letter – and Dr. Ford’s identity – were leaked to the press. The chain of custody of the letter is crystal clear, per Dr. Ford’s testimony. She gave it to Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, and Eshoo passed it to Senator Feinstein. The only other people who had the letter were Dr. Ford’s lawyers. Allahpundit, writing at Hot Air, speculates how this might have gone down IF we take Feinstein at her word that neither she nor her staff leaked the letter.
For what it’s worth, the Intercept reporter who wrote the original story a few weeks ago about the mysterious letter in Feinstein’s possession claimed today that it wasn’t her staff that leaked it. That narrows down the pool of suspects to Dem Rep. Anna Eshoo and her staff (Eshoo was the first person whom Ford wrote to) and of course Ford’s own lawyers. My guess is that it was Team Eshoo, which was probably quietly seething that Feinstein had something in her pocket that could nuke Kavanaugh but refused to use it. Besides, unless Ford herself authorized the leak, the idea of her own lawyers violating her confidentiality about a sexual assault for political reasons by leaking to the press is so insanely unethical that they surely wouldn’t have run the risk of exposure by doing it. Would they? (emphasis in the original text)
The Senate Republicans have held all along that the way the letter was handled was deeply unfair to Dr. Ford’s request for confidentiality. It’s in their best interests to find out why Dianne Feinstein kept this in her back pocket, and who the leaker was. Democrats and the media… well…
That’s just disturbing – and, if Republicans had done this, the media would have been screaming bloody murder.
3) Ford’s legal team is facing an investigation by the Washington D.C. bar association.
More than one person has noted Dr. Ford’s apparent shock while testifying upon learning that Senator Grassley had offered to send his staff to California to privately depose her. What was equally shocking was Ford’s lawyers literally jumping in front of the microphone to block her.
Senator Hatch expressed his concern in a letter to FBI Director Wray about her lawyers’ behavior. And now Senator Tom Cotton has confirmed that the D.C. bar is going to be looking into why Ford’s lawyers did not convey that to her.
WATCH: "Those lawyers are going to face a D.C. bar investigation into their misconduct. Dianne Feinstein and her staff is going to face an investigation into their misconduct," @SenTomCotton tells @FaceTheNation https://t.co/gQQdnAYUMb pic.twitter.com/zzHboxnXzD
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) September 30, 2018
Cotton, an Arkansas Republican, also said lawyers recommended to Christine Blasey Ford by Democrats will face a Washington, D.C., bar investigation for telling her that Senate Judiciary Committee staffers would not travel to California to interview her about her sexual-assault allegation.
Well, isn’t that interesting. I wonder what the bar will have to say to Debra Katz and Michael Bromwich.
The circus surrounding the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh is a train wreck, and yet none of us can look away. And now the FBI has until Friday to produce some kind of report on what the witnesses have all said. We can only wonder what the political landscape will look like when the fallout is over.
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