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The Case against Kavanaugh Is Collapsing

cap case KavanaughA very strange thing happened over the weekend: If you follow Twitter closely, you’ll notice that the debate over Brett Kavanaugh moved significantly from the central question of last Thursday’s hearing — did he commit sexual assault? — to a raging debate over whether he lied about high-school slang, college drinking, and inside jokes, and whether he was just too “angry” to be a Supreme Court judge.

This torrent of commentary (most of it silly, including competing, furious arguments about how people described anal sex in 1982) obscures an important development: The sexual-assault claims against Kavanaugh are in a state of collapse.

Let’s deal with the easiest issue first. The day before the hearing, Michael Avenatti released a “declaration” by a client, a woman named Julie Swetnick, claiming that she saw Kavanaugh “waiting his turn” for gang rapes after facilitating them by spiking or drugging the punch at high-school parties. She claimed that she went to multiple such parties and was gang raped at one of them, though she would only assert that Kavanaugh was present on that occasion.

The claim against Kavanaugh was transparently absurd. The idea that a person would repeatedly attend gang-rape parties and that the existence of these parties (which would presumably generate multiple victims and bystander-witnesses) remained utterly secret for decades is nonsense. But left-wing Twitter took up the claims with a vengeance, dragging anyone who dared express doubt through the mud. After all, didn’t the Catholic Church scandals prove that crimes could be concealed? Didn’t Sixteen Candles have a subplot about a drunk male geek sleeping with a drunk popular girl? (Yes, that was an actual article in Vox.)

But then the Wall Street Journal did some actual reporting, “contacting dozens of former classmates and colleagues,” only to find it “couldn’t reach anyone with knowledge of [Swetnick’s] allegations.” Moreover, “no friends have come forward to publicly support her claims.” Again, she alleged repeated gang rapes. Yet there are still no other witnesses.

It also turns out that a former employer, a company called WebTrends, once sued Swetnick for defamation and fraud. Among other things, it contended that Swetnick engaged in sexually inappropriate conduct and then, “in a transparent effort to divert attention from her own inappropriate behavior,” made uncorroborated sexual-harassment complaints against the two men who accused her of such behavior.

The case was never adjudicated, but it’s just one reason that the commentariat should be hesitant to credit lurid allegations from an unknown individual. Shouldn’t there be a modicum of due diligence before leaping to the conclusion that a man is a rapist?

Meanwhile, Deborah Ramirez’s allegation — that Kavanaugh exposed himself at a party at Yale — remains essentially where it was last week, uncorroborated and difficult to believe. She was drinking heavily at the time. She confesses that her memory contains “gaps.” She even told other classmates that she wasn’t certain it was Kavanaugh. No one else could even confirm he was at the party where the incident allegedly occurred.

For a brief moment after the hearing, Democrats believed that one of Kavanaugh’s calendar entries corroborated Ford’s story. A July 1, 1982, note says, “Go to Timmy’s for Skis w/Judge, Tom, PJ, Bernie, Squi.” According to the Democratic theory, because Ford testified that “Skis” was short for “brewskis” (beer), and because Mark Judge and “PJ” were allegedly at the party where Ford claimed she was assaulted, this could be the documentary evidence that the party took place.

Interestingly, no Democratic senator explored this theory with Kavanaugh while he was testifying, and Ford’s team never raised it, either. It was left to be floated after Kavanaugh was off the stand. And now legions of Democrats are presenting it as “corroboration.”

It’s nothing of the sort. First and most important, “Timmy’s” house was ten miles from the country club Ford has described as in proximity to the party, and it did not meet the description of the house that Ford offered in her testimony. Second, the lineup of attendees does not mention a single female and is substantially different from the one she has described. And finally, the lineup includes “Squi,” the nickname for Chris Garrett, a boy Ford was (according to her testimony) seeing at the time. It would be odd indeed to remember a party’s attendees and forget that one of them was your then-boyfriend.

In other words, for the July 1 theory to be correct, Ford’s previous testimony would have to be substantially incorrect. The theory is so thin that even a CNN analysis described it as “circumstantial, at best.”

No responsible lawyer would bring even a civil case on the facts described above, and civil cases must meet only the lowest burden of proof. Believe women? Believe men? No. Believe evidence. It’s possible that the FBI investigation will uncover additional material facts. It’s also possible that the investigation will leave us back where we started — with entirely insufficient evidence to prove even one of the terrible claims against a person who was once one of the most-respected public servants in America.

No responsible journalistic outlet should have run the story. And without more evidence, no fair-minded person should believe it today.

Which brings us to Christine Blasey Ford. Yesterday, Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell released a memorandum to all Republican senators summarizing Ford’s evidence against Kavanaugh. I’d urge you to read the entire thing. Democrats are describing it as a “partisan document,” but it refers to multiple, undisputed facts that should cause even Ford’s most zealous defenders to pause and reevaluate her claims.

Ford has no corroborating witnesses, and even the friend she says was at the party in question has denied being there or knowing Kavanaugh at all. She doesn’t know who invited her to the party, where it took place, how she got there, or how she got home after, by her account, Kavanaugh attacked her. But the problems go beyond gaps in memory. She has offered substantially different accounts about when the attack occurred (she’s previously said it happened in the “mid Eighties,” in her “late teens,” and in the “Eighties.” Now she’s saying it happened in 1982, when she was 15) and how it occurred (her therapist’s notes conflict with her story of the attack, and she has offered different accounts about who attended the party).

All of these inconsistencies and omissions are important. None of them help her case.


Reprinted with permission from - National Review - by David French

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Chris H. Call
4 years ago

My opinion only, these charges are false, this entire attack on Kavanaugh was set up and driven by Diane Feinstein, Christine Ford and the democrat party. This is not about Kavanaugh’s behavior in 1982, this is about the Democrats saving abortion.

Willie Ryan
4 years ago

I wonder how much money see is going to get for trying to destroy a great mans reputation this is all from the democrats and I hope people can see how evel and low they will go just to get there way I pray people see the truth this is a joke and nobody is laughing.this is why people need to vote republican in November.

cliff
4 years ago

This is disgusting even the lowest primate on earth is embarrassed.Bret Kavanaugh needs to be on the supreme court and the Republican party needs to get out an vote in November and rid the swamp of the despicable democrats,ENOUGH IS ENOUGH OF THIS NONSENSE

Jean Garelick
4 years ago

This is terrible and the Dems should be embarrassed and if he could sue them for defamation of character. Everyone who has defamed his name. He should be a supreme court judge, GOD BE WITH HIM, FOR HE KNOWS HE WILL BE A GREAT JUDGE

Sheila
4 years ago
Reply to  Jean Garelick

Jean, I feel the same way as you do. Judge Kavanaugh should be a Supreme Court Jude and I hope he will. We must pray for him.

Frank
4 years ago

There were no adult parents supervioring the party.
The Victim did not file report to police.
the victim left the party and walked away .

Hen3ry
4 years ago
Reply to  Frank

Maybe the Dems should go after the parents who owned the house

Thomas H
4 years ago

And the strange thing about all of the democRats’ attacks on Judge Kavanaugh is they know, that by his being a conservative, he would hardly try to change Judicial precedence.

Kim
4 years ago

I hope the American people put all of this into perspective when heading for the polls in November.

While I certainly agree that any person who has been subjected to sexual assault should be heard, it is also incumbent upon the “victim” to TELL SOMEBODY!! She should have told a parent—where were they, by the way?— (Dr. Ford was only 15 when this happened, or 16 or 17…), a close friend, or, preferably, law enforcement. The only way to prove a case AND TO PROTECT OTHER POTENTIAL VICTIMS is to collect evidence and testimony at the time of the incident. She still can file a complaint with the Montgomery County Police—no statute of limitations in MD for this type of crime. But THERE’S NO ONE who can corroborate her accusation! This case wouldn’t go anywhere.
So, did Ford leave the party alone, which possibly set up her “good friend Leland” to an attack from the monsters she was trying to escape?! Her story has more holes than a sieve and about as much credibility as her fear of flying. No wonder she scrubbed her social media and most yearbook information…

I hope there will be an investigation into Feinstein’s and Eshoo’s poorly-timed bungling of the unveiling of Ford’s letter. To let it be batted back and forth like a ping pong ball (Washington Post, Ford’s beach friends, 2 slimy lawyers, and her Congressional representatives that she didn’t know how to contact…) at a game to which Chairman Grassley and other Republicans were not invited is reprehensible. All information should have been on the table for all committee members to see AFTER it had been vetted and deemed credible IN PRIVATE. The dems decided to make a spectacle of this charade, politicizing it to the ultimate degree. And for public servants to supply the names of these 2 creepy lawyers (where have seen him before?)??? Did they ever suggest to Ford that she should file a complaint?
Ford, if found to be a fraud, should not be able to profit from her crime by claiming the “Go Fund Me” account. Maybe it could go to Kavanaugh, to seed his defamation of character/slander lawsuit….

Meanwhile, a decent man and his family are made to suffer an agony that can never be undone. Judge Kavanaugh, if “cleared” by the FBI (I know; the FBI doesn’t decide guilt or innocence) for the 7th time, should be judged for his stellar record (how does a drunken serial rapist achieve #1 spot in academics?) and voted to the Supreme Court seat. And all the dems who vote “no” to this man should start looking for a new hobby.

Sheila
4 years ago
Reply to  Kim

Very good comment, Kim. I had to laugh when you say that the Dems who vote “no” to this man should start looking for a new hobby. In my opinion, they should get lost. They;re no good.

Kim
4 years ago
Reply to  Sheila

Agreed, Sheila; they’re worthless.
I recently heard on late night radio that the second front door that Ford wanted when she and her husband were renovating their home (and which sent them to therapy…) was NOT to provide another means of escape (needed because of her fear, claustrophobia, PTSD, and anxiety over the assault ), but rather a separate door to her HOME OFFICE!

Kim
4 years ago
Reply to  Kim

Another version of the Door #2 lie that I heard this morning said it was for a rental apartment. Maybe the FBI came up with the real reason.

Dee
4 years ago

I don’t know about you but when I was assaulted I remember every detail. Where I was, who did it, what happened and also the exact year it happened. I also reported it to my superiors and was made a laughing stock. I also had two witnesses that collaborated my incidence, was examined by a doctor and had evidence and my superiors didn’t contact the police about it just made me a laughing stock. Also the superiors of the establishment tried to sue me because when he did it I hauled off and slugged the guy out of unconscious response. It all happened in 1991. Plus I still had to face the guy when I returned to work and act if nothing happened. So I say where are the facts if you are assaulted it stays with you and the memories don’t disappear. I am now 72 and I haven’t forgot one detail. So lets get on with the confirmation. If I can forgive my attacker then stop all this Democrat sham. and destruction and get on with life. The Democrats will not be happy till they follow the DEEP STATES orders and end up killing the President. Oh I was not to let that out. If impeachment doesn’t work then murder is their next step.

Donald Tucker
4 years ago
Reply to  Dee

I’m very sorry for whatever pain this may have caused for you. But you didn’t make it the defining incident of your life. Congratulation on moving forward on your life. As far as memories are concerned, no one remembers many of the details of any event after many year have passed; They remember the big picture but the mind constructs a scenario to fill in missing pieces and this can eventually alter you memory of an event. After several years we even begin to believe it all. Two people can witness the exact same event and years later have completely different recollections.

Helen E
4 years ago
Reply to  Dee

Thank you for your bravery in recounting that horrendous event in your life. I’m deeply saddened by the grief you must have felt, especially through the denial in the aftermath at the workplace. I was sexually harrassed and assaulted but not raped. That shook me to the core. It’s an experience that goes beyond the physical — a theft of the spirit and feeling of helplessness. I can tell you are a spiritual over-comer. God bless you for knowing the TRUTH of who you are! You have been made strong in the weak places! Bravo!

Donel
4 years ago

The only way we can shut these Parasites down is to Vote them out!

Donald Tucker
4 years ago
Reply to  Donel

The communists and socialists still won’t go away easily. They have plenty of patience and they figure time is on their side to achieve world domination. Liberty requires each generation to make the sacrifice to preserve it through eternal vigilance. Even the Constitution can’t stop them because they have infiltrated so many institutions in our society, government and the courts, and interpret the constitution however they desire. To them it is a living constitution that means whatever they want it to mean. This is why it is so very important to find Judges like Scalia who believe in the doctrine of original intent. One problem I have with Kavanaugh is his disregard for the Fourth Amendment; he did author the Patriot Act during the Bush Administration. But do you think the Democrats would contest his nomination on the merits of his decisions? Of course not. They have to resort to cheap tactics because they are a bankrupt party of ideas.

Ed Bowers
4 years ago

After watching her testimony I have no doubt that something happened to Dr. Ford. But that is as far as I can go believing her. A family member of mine was sexually assaulted when he was 9, he is now 61. He remembers VIVIDLY every thing that happened, every detail. And the time span isn’t 36 years it’s 52 years. I also have no doubt that Judge Kavanaugh was NOT involved in any of the allegations put forth. Time to stop the circus and vote him on to the Supreme Court!

Diane Tyson
4 years ago
Reply to  Ed Bowers

I am interested in the reason you have no doubt that something happened to Dr. Ford. I have been hearing and reading similar comments all week, but I chose you to help me understand. Because nothing she has said fits that picture for me. Thanks!

Kim
4 years ago
Reply to  Diane Tyson

I also have to wonder, Diane. First of all, she wasn’t raped, although you’d think that she had been based on the way all this undefined conversation is flying around. Sure, something might have happened somewhere, at some time, but when I heard Kavanaugh defending himself and his family, I really felt that he had no part in this. For someone with a PhD IN PSYCHOLOGY and as well-traveled as she is, she sure didn’t sound like it. Hate to think we were all fooled by this whimpering actor.
Ford ended up being the pawn that the dems have no compunction throwing under the bus to get what they want. And maybe this was okay with her.

Sheila
4 years ago
Reply to  Kim

In my opinion, Kavanaugh were being framed for all this. This is the whole thing. Yes, for someone with a PhD in psychology and as well-traveled Ford is doing a big favor for the Dems so that they will sympathize with her.

Martin
4 years ago

I read an article on Natural News saying Ford’s letter to Feinstein is a total fake. It contains 14 glaring errors or problems that could only be committed by a poorly educated writer. Ford has a PHD is highly educated and has several decades of writing experience. Even myself with a high school diploma can see these mistakes. Such as ” 1-2 years older then me and students”, “that included me and 4 others” even I know that myself should be used and not me. “the two scrapped with each other” certainly an archaic word choice. The word fought would be used in today’s genre. And the list goes on. Check it out for yourself.

Donald Tucker
4 years ago
Reply to  Martin

Her memories are a compilation of all her friends bad memories at the hands of men and she has taken them in as her own, over time even believing they are true.

Richard
4 years ago

Brett Kavanaugh must be confirmed

Rhoda Minger
4 years ago

The inconsistencies in Dr. Ford’s statements, the fact that her legal expenses are being funded by a “Go Fund Me” page that per her testimony she didn’t know what it was or who or how it was set up, and the flaws in facts from the notes from her therapist (that were given to the press but could not be discussed at her hearing) make everything she utters a lie!

I am a 77 year old woman who in all my years has never seen the Senate act so irresponsibly and with my tax payers money….. wish there would be some way law suits could be brought against some of these Senators for what they are saying about Brett Kavanaugh in the media. I would fund that!

Tom
4 years ago
Reply to  Rhoda Minger

The Democrats have pitched a bitch every time a Republican President has nominated a candidate to the Supreme Court, and it’s just gotten worse as time goes on, but it is dicussting when they try to ruin a good man and his entire family in the process. And a woman waiting 35 years to make an causation is ridiculous, i can understand it being distressful to the woman, but if she is going to wait 35 year before comming out with it, she might as well forget it. And especially since he didn’t actually penetrate her body with his body part, all I can say is the Democrats must have paid her an awfully lot of money to get her to come out with this story, true or untrue. In fact I just read somewhere that she has just recently come up with a million dollars !!!!

Sheila
4 years ago
Reply to  Tom

I think it is all for money. Judge Kavanaugh were been framed for all this. Ford knew what she was doing and even so if she was or wasn’t sexually assaulted, this was the best time for her to frame Kavanaugh because he was going to be the next Supreme Court Judge, and so she was doing a big favor for the Democrats to pin Kavanaugh down.

Marlaen Fisher
4 years ago

The democrat’s are now trying to make Judge Kavanaugh out to be an alcoholic. Why is Dr Ford’s character not being investigated. Maybe she is an alcoholic. Maybe she was so drunk she does not clearly and accurately remember what happened. Maybe she was promiscuous, not that it makes sexual assault okay, but it makes a statement about her character. If the incident happened when in high school maybe she didn’t tell anyone because she was not suppose to be at the Party and was drunk and didn’t want her parents to find out.

Rags
4 years ago
Reply to  Marlaen Fisher

ALL OF DR FORD’s FRIENDS WERE ALCOHOLICS, RIGHT? WHY NOT DR FORD?

Sheila
4 years ago
Reply to  Rags

Maybe she was drunk, too just like her friends were and this may be why she doesn’t remember anything at that time.

Kevin
4 years ago

The whole story-line is bogus. An attempt to delay nomination until after the midterms. Problem is either way Kavanaugh gets nominated and becomes a Supreme Court justice. I honestly cannot see many independents voting in a Democrat, after this display of dishonesty.The democrats are like the Borg, a collective that is mind controlled, worker bees for the Queen if you will.

Tom
4 years ago
Reply to  Kevin

All we Republicans need to do is get out and vote, and hope for the best, even if you have to vote by absentee ballot. I was hoping that Trump would be able to get voter fraud taken care of by now, and for states that wouldn’t go along without voter fraud, didn’t have their votes counted in the elections. I know this sounds rash, but I have read about certain countries in some states that there were cases where more votes in the county that there were residents and in one case (maybe more) where every vote in the county was Democratic , and not even one Republican vote, now that sounds mighty suspicious (not even one Republican in the whole county).

Sheila
4 years ago
Reply to  Tom

I was thinking of the same thing, Tom.

Baldone2391
4 years ago

I believe that this comes down to one person, her boyfriend. She said there were four boys there and she named three of them. Find her boyfriend and I think you will get all the answers. I think he took her to the house and they had there good time and then he took her home. She is not talking about him because she is protecting him because he was having sex with a miner. The rest of her story is a fabrication of what has happened.

Hen3ry
4 years ago
Reply to  Baldone2391

Very interesting
worth looking into

Paul W
4 years ago

Case?! They never had a case. They had an accuser. That’s all. An accusation isn’t evidence. No evidence…NO CASE.

Thomas H
4 years ago
Reply to  Paul W

And, once her purpose is over, I predict that Ms. Ford will slither back under the rock she crawled out from – probably reappearing only to have written a book on her hazy recollections.

Paul W
4 years ago
Reply to  Thomas H

No doubt A pathetic woman.

Hen3ry
4 years ago
Reply to  Thomas H

She’ll come back out to be another rich woman wandering around the woods of Chappaqua .

Ron Vohs
4 years ago
GolfHoncho
4 years ago

Bottom-line: it’s all caca de toro!

Anthony Green
4 years ago

They (Democrats) NEVER had anything on Kavanaygh to begin with. Anyone with any common sense (leaves most Democrats out) knew this whole situation was/is a sham. They (Dems) are trying everything to keep Kavanaugh from being confirmed. The Dems are going to be the reasoning for the Cival War which is about to happen. Laugh all you want-it is coming.

Tom
4 years ago
Reply to  Anthony Green

Sadly you could be right, because the Democrats are getting more and more hateful. And it is eventually going to come to a head, and all hell is going to break out.

Becky Ann
4 years ago
Reply to  Anthony Green

I AGREE!!

Sheila
4 years ago
Reply to  Becky Ann

Me, too.

CHALY
4 years ago
Reply to  Anthony Green

You are so right and this is POSSIBLY the thing that will bring it to past. I have been warning of this coming civil war for a long time but I think it will be different than some folks think, especially DNC’ommunists. They are a bunch of cowards and the paid security of those advancing it, i.e. Sorass, Steyer, Congress etc. and the rest of the billionaire clan will not help them much because it will be every man for himself and could likely destroy this country. Do not give up your guns! The LEFT is anti-freedom of speech, anti law, anti-freedoms in general and almost anything that works for ‘we the people’. Stop it now while you have a chance to vote against ruining our great country. DUMP THE LEFT AND GIVE’M HELL!

Hen3ry
4 years ago
Reply to  CHALY

We are watching Orwell and Aldous Huxley predictions come to life in real time

Sheila
4 years ago
Reply to  CHALY

The only possible thing is to vote for the Republicans on November 6th then if they wins, the Democrats can’t control our country, but if they come up with a civil war, we will have to be ready for this.

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