Brett Kavanaugh’s Cosby defense: Darcy cartoon
Brett Kavanaugh’s Cosby defense: Darcy cartoon
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- After several delays, the Brett Kavanaugh-Christine Blasey Ford hearing gets underway this morning. Or will it be the Kavanaugh Kangaroo Court hearing?
Dr. Blasey’s sexual assault allegation is one of now five allegations of sexual misconduct made against Kavanaugh, and I will argue, the strongest and maybe only credible case, so far.
The opening written statements by Kavanaugh and Blasey, which have been released, outline what the narratives of both will be.
Kavanaugh continues to deny the Blasey allegation, while not denying that something traumatic may have been experienced by her,but not perpetrated by him. Kavanaugh will be using the mistaken memory,identity defense.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is investigating claims from two men who contacted them claiming to have been the one who assaulted Blasey.
Blasey’s opening statement reiterated the central allegation, but provided more details about her acquaintance with Kavanaugh, how she ended up at the house party and how she came to tell a marriage counselor, in 2012, about the incident.
According to Blasey, a therapy session discussion with her husband, about why she had wanted two front doors installed during their home remodeling, prompted her to tell the therapist about the alleged sexual assault.
The oddity of wanting two front doors, and that prompting Dr. Blasey to tell her therapist about an alleged, decades-old, assault during a marriage counseling session, will likely prompt questions from the committee.
In addition to the opening statement being released, a photo and more details about Blasey taking and passing a polygraph test have been released.
Overall, Blasey’s opening statement came off as more credible than the four other allegations that have been made against Kavanaugh.
Ramirez Yale allegation
The New Yorker reported the allegation from Deborah Ramirez that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her while both were students at Yale. Ramirez admitted she was intoxicated at the time of the alleged incident. She said she initially couldn’t remember if it was Kavanaugh, but then after she thought about, she was kinda 80% sure it was Kavanaugh. It’s understandable why the New York Times reportedly passed on writing about Ramirez’s story.
An unprovable claim was made that Kavanaugh assaulted a woman on a boat in Newport in 1985. In addition, an anonymous letter writer claimed her anonymous daughter witnessed a drunken Kavanaugh being sexually aggressive with a colleague while at an after-work group outing to a restaurant in 1998.
Michael Avenatti client Julie Swetnick claims she attended parties in the 1980′s where Brett Kavanaugh was present when women were being drugged and intoxicated to be gang raped by a train of men. Swetnick claims she was the victim of one such drugged gang rape. She also said she witnessed Kavanaugh attempting to spike drinks and waiting in the “train” line outside a bedroom.
Because Swetnick made her accusation in a sworn document, and she references the parties occurring during “Beach Week”, which is noted in Kavanaughs calendars, Swentnick’s claim initially seemed strong, but red flags have since been raised.
Restraining order filed against Kavanaugh accuser.
Swetnick’s former boyfriend, who had filed a restraining order against her, said she is not to be believed.
“Right after I broke up with her, she was threatening my family, threatening my wife and threatening to do harm to my baby at the time. I know a lot about her. She’s not credible at all. Not at all.
I have a lot of facts, evidence, that what she’s saying is not true at all. I would rather speak to my attorney first before saying more,” Richard Vinneccy told POLITICO
The restraining order was dismissed when neither party showed up to court.
Why did Swetnick attend 10 parties where she knew train rapes were occurring and why did she not report it to authorities at the time?
Who will be questioning Blasey and Kavanaugh?
It’s not certain if Kavanaugh will be asked about the other, less credible allegations, or which Senators will even ask questions.
Senators are only being given five minutes to ask Kavanaugh and Blasey questions.
Republicans have hired Arizona sex-crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to ask questions for them after criticism from Democrats about a bunch of white men questioning Dr. Blasey.
Democrats might be wise to turn over all their time to either, or both, Senators Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar who are former prosecutors.
Senators Flake, Collins, Murkowski will determine Kavanugh’s fate.
Republicans have scheduled a vote on Kavanaugh for Friday. If the vote even happens, and Kavanaugh survives it, depends on how Senators Flake, Collins and Murkowski react to the performance of Kavanaugh and Blasey.
If any one of them demands and FBI investigation, the vote will be delayed. If one or two of them indicate they will be a no vote, Kavanaugh’s nomination will likely be withdrawn.
Kavanaugh legally qualified, but should withdraw for family and court.
There is little dispute that Brett Kavanaugh is more than legally qualified to be a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. The reason he had often been cited as potential nominee is not just his conservative views, but because he’s considered to be a brilliant legal mind.
Despite his legal qualifications, I would vote against Kavanaugh because he’s allowed his wife and daughters to be subjected to these sordid allegations, by not withdrawing and protecting them and the sanctity of the court.