There was something really off about the Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing. With Donald Trump’s new best friend Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was on the attack during the Judiciary Committee’s hearing, the whole episode got very ugly. Apparently, he and Kavanagh were performing for an audience of one — POTUS. New evidence blew the whole hearing apart.
Three Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential election sat on that hearing and interviewed Kavanaugh: Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Corey Booker (D-NJ), and Kamala Harris (D-CA). With Kavanaugh practically foaming at the mouth, Klobuchar appeared a bit taken back. Booker was too mild, But Harris was having a prosecutor’s good time.
She was the first black woman to become the Attorney General of California, and she was enjoying taking Kavanaugh apart. Today, she called for his impeachment:
‘I sat through those hearings. Brett Kavanaugh lied to the U.S. Senate and most importantly to the American people. He was put on the Court through a sham process and his place on the Court is an insult to the pursuit of truth and justice. He must be impeached.’
The New York Times reported that women had come forward and accused Kavanaugh of attacking them, but they were never investigated. Deborah Ramirez was normally a quiet, conservative Yale student. One evening she had been drinking with some people in her dorm, which was unusual, when:
‘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.’
Ramirez was shaken. She came from a different more sheltered background than Kavanaugh’s crowd of privileged classmates.
In an interview at her home in Boulder, Colorado, she said:
‘I had gone through high school, I’m the good girl, and now, in one evening, it was all ripped away. (Kavanaugh and his friends) make it clear I’m not smart.’
Kavanaugh denied Ramirez’s claim and those of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who became an expert on sexual abuse. Ford testified before the committee that he:
‘…pinned her to a bed, groped her and tried to remove her clothes while covering her mouth.’
One FBI report found Ford’s allegations credible after a 10-month investigation. It found that Ramirez’s allegations “could be more fully corroborated:”
‘At least seven people, including Ms. Ramirez’s mother, heard about the Yale incident long before Mr. Kavanaugh was a federal judge. Two of those people were classmates who learned of it just days after the party occurred, suggesting that it was discussed among students at the time.’
The FBI did not investigate all of the allegations:
‘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.)’
Ramirez’s roommate, who is now a physician, Liz Swisher said:
‘She was very innocent coming into college. I felt an obligation early in freshman year to protect her.’
Ramirez gave the FBI a list of 25 people who could have corroborated her story. None of them were contacted. Many of these people tried to get through to the FBI to no avail. The Republicans limited the investigation to anything they authorized:
Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) said:
‘I would view the Ramirez allegations as not having been even remotely investigated.’
Senate Judiciary Committee chair Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) said:
‘There is no corroboration of the allegations made by Dr. Ford or Ms. Ramirez.’
The Republican-dominated committee confirmed Kavanaugh October 6, 2018, 50-48 even after:
‘Over 3,000 Yale women signed an open letter commending her “courage in coming forward.” More than 1,500 Yale men issued a similar letter two days later.’
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