Senator Dianne Feinstein (D- Ca,) couldn’t wait to get Brett Kavanaugh’s liberal Democrat accuser Christine Blasey Ford on the witness stand. Over the weekend, Ford agreed to allow his confirmation proceedings to get a final vote, by promising to testify before the Senate Confirmation committee on Thursday.
However, Feinstein and the Democrats are backpedaling furiously. Just as one roadblock was eliminated, the Democrats set up another. Arranging Ford’s hearing didn’t take nearly long enough, so Feinstein wants it canceled. In the latest bid to slow things to a halt, she is basically fighting to stop Ford from appearing before the Committee.
“Thursday’s hearing should be canceled in light of a disturbing new allegation of sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh,” Feinstein tweeted.
“I also ask that the newest allegations of sexual misconduct be referred to the FBI for investigation, and that you join our request for the White House to direct the FBI to investigate the allegations of Christine Blasey Ford as well as these new claims.”
She backed the tweet with a formal letter. “I am writing to request an immediate postponement of any further proceedings related to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh,” she penned late in the evening on Sunday.
A former college classmate of Kavanaugh’s at Yale, Deborah Ramirez, “came forward accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct decades ago,” The Daily Caller News Foundation reports.
Even before the confirmation hearings started, the Democrats had a brain storming session with a conference call the weekend before Kavanaugh was to take the stand. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer set up the call fully intended to “coordinate a strategy for obstructing the confirmation.”
Democrats are still frantically scrambling for anything they can think of to delay a vote. They don’t have enough votes against Kavanaugh to prevent him from being confirmed in the final tally. The one and only chance they have to block his approval is by changing the makeup of the Senate itself in the mid-term elections.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation “already declined to open another investigation” into Ford’s claims. Feinstein knew all about Ford’s allegations since July, but sat on them, waiting until after all the confirmation hearings were over to break her silence.
That strongly suggests she intended to use them only to delay the final vote.
Taylor Foy, a spokesman for the Senate Judiciary Committee complained that Democrats had “actively withheld information,” from committee Republicans until the last minute. She waited until September 14 to “call for a delay in the proceedings and a full FBI investigation.” Some call behavior like that “obstruction of justice.”
The new allegations surfaced in The New Yorker late Sunday, only hours after “negotiators had reached an agreement to hold an extraordinary public hearing Thursday.”
Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway noted to reporters that the accusations sound like “a vast left-wing conspiracy,” channeling Hillary Clinton’s famous “1998 description of allegations that her husband, President Bill Clinton, had had affairs,” Chicago Tribune notes.
Kavanaugh has had just about enough and wrote a letter of his own to the committee.
He emphasizes that he sat before them “for more than 31 hours and answered questions under oath. I then answered more questions at a confidential session. The following week, I responded to more than 1,200 written questions, more than have been submitted to all previous Supreme Court nominees combined.”
Referring to Ford, he learned through the news media “about a 36-year-old allegation from high school that had been asserted months earlier and withheld from me throughout the hearing process.”
He denied it when the accuser was anonymous and repeated his categorical denial when she was identified. He points out he denied the charges under oath making him subject to criminal penalty for lying about it.
“Last night, another false and uncorroborated accusation from 35 years ago was published. Once again, those alleged to have been witnesses to the event deny it ever happened. There is now a frenzy to come up with something – anything – that will block this process and a vote on my confirmation from occurring.”
“These are smears, pure and simple,” he adds. “They are also a threat to any man or woman who wishes to serve our country. Such grotesque and obvious character assassination – if allowed to succeed – will dissuade competent and good people of all political persuasions from service.”
Kavanaugh refuses to be intimidated into dropping out. “The coordinated effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out. The vile threats of violence against my family will not drive me out. The last-minute character assassination will not succeed.”
“Totally political,” President Donald Trump called it when he heard the news. Speaking from the General Assembly of the United Nations, President Trump referred to the charges as “unfair and unsubstantiated.” The women making them “come out of the woodwork.” He suggests looking at the motivation of the lawyers who represent the accusers.
President Trump calls the Democrat’s efforts further evidence that “the Democrats and media are conspiring to undermine” his nominee.
Ramirez claims that some vague time in 1983, or 1984, Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a “drunken dormitory party.” She never said a word until now “partly because her memories contained gaps because she had been drinking at the time of the alleged incident.” The other part is that the incident never happened, her alleged witnesses assert.
Ford’s witnesses won’t back her up either. Chicago Tribune reveals, “the Judiciary panel said it had talked to three other people whom Ford has told The Washington Post were at the party where the alleged assault took place.” All three verified, “they had no recollection of the evening in question.”
The committee’s chairman, Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) used his famous no-nonsense approach to “wrangle” with Fords attorneys “for the past week over the exact terms of her appearance.” He isn’t going to take Feinstein’s latest antics very lightly.