Senate Republicans Rush To Spread Misinformation Ahead Of Kavanaugh Hearing
Hours before Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was set to speak to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Republicans rushed to present two men who claim they are the real perpetrators of the assault against Dr. Ford.
“The committee didn’t identify the men, offer details about what they said, state whether committee staff found their accounts credible, or indicate whether there would be any further follow-up,” Buzzfeed noted.
The report says the two men were interviewed on Monday and Wednesday but no other details were given.
The move, on the surface, appears to be the Committee’s attempt to create doubt just ahead of Dr. Blasey Ford’s testimony before the committee.
A Democratic aide told Buzzfeed that the committee didn’t tell Democrats about the allegations, in direct violation of committee rules.
The Hill notes that Democrats were caught off guard. “Lily Adams, a spokeswoman for Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), said they found out about the interviews from reporters on Twitter,” reporters Jordain Carney and Brett Samuels noted.
“What the Judiciary Republicans are doing tonight is both pathetic and completely unsurprising,” Adams said in a tweet, “releasing random doppelgänger … to try to muddy waters.”
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway used the release to point fingers without dirctly accusing the women of lying. “Both Dr Ford & Judge Kavanaugh may be right. That she had something very awful happen to her when she was 15 & K was not there, & was not involved whatsoever. That goes to credibility.”
Politico spoke to a Democratic party leader who said they believe Sen. Chuck Grassley and his committee are using the men to intentionally discredit accusers.
Bloomberg News White House Reporter Jennifer Epstein also shared a note in regards to an additional assault.
“Another accusation against Kavanaugh that he was asked about by Senate staffers this week: an alleged rape on a boat in Rhode Island in 1985. Kavanaugh denies,” Epstein wrote while sharing the attached document.
Another accusation against Kavanaugh that he was asked about by Senate staffers this week: an alleged rape on a boat in Rhode Island in 1985. Kavanaugh denies. pic.twitter.com/MrA5Ff50RI
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) September 26, 2018
Grassley and his team also released a transcript from a conference call with Kavanaugh. During that call, Kavanaugh denied assaulting a woman he was dating in 1998.
“No, and we’re dealing with an anonymous letter about an anonymous person and an anonymous friend,” Kavanaugh said. “It’s ridiculous. Total Twilight Zone. And no, I’ve never done anything like that.”
It doens’t help Kavanaugh’s case that it’s two anonymous men making anonymous statements that Grassley and his team are now attempting to use to prove Kavanaugh’s innocence.
The committee hasn’t answered to the fact that three different women have come forward about assaults that happened at three different points in time.
The Senate Judiciary Committee, which features 11 Republican men, has been attempting to gaslight the public for weeks. President Trump has gone so far as to claim that Kavanaugh should have been quickly pushed through for confirmation weeks ago.
The gaslighting has been helped along by Fox News which has been touting the “mistaken identity” theory following the release of the documents. Dr. Ford stands by her statement and says there is no doubt that Kavanaugh assaulted her, noting that she has people who can corroborate her allegation.
NBC released documents on Wednesday that shot down Kavanaugh’s claims of a “coordinated effort to destroy my good name.” In those documents, Dr. Ford named Kavanaugh as her assaulter dating as far back as 2012.