The Claim: During the confirmation process of Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court appointment, Christine Blasey Ford came forward accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault. Brett Kavanaugh, following an extensive Senate confirmation process with questions of the alleged encounter, was confirmed to the Supreme Court. (Occurred October 6, 2018)
Christine Blasey Ford explained that when she was a teenager, she attended a party in the 1980’s in Maryland. There, Kavanaugh and his classmate Mark Judge, pinned her down in a bedroom and groped her. She stated that she feared Kavanagh may inadvertently kill her, but she was able to push them down and get away.
Dianne Feinstein received a letter by Christine Blasey Ford detailing her accusations against Brett Kavanaugh in July. Feinstein did not contact the FBI about the allegations until September 14. Two days later, The Washington Post released an article showing Ford to be the accuser.
Feinstein had knowledge of the accusation for months but waited to release the letter by Ford. She presumably did this to try and prolong the nomination until after the midterms. That is also presumably why Democrats called for an FBI investigation; if the accusation held up the confirmation, then hopefully the Democrats could take control during the midterms.
Ford was unable to accurately describe the who, when, and where of the alleged sexual-assault encounter:
Who: Ford had been attending counseling for several years about the experience. She said she never explicitly said the names of Brett Kavanaugh and Mark Judge in her therapy sessions. In early sessions, she originally stated she was assaulted by boys who attended an elitist school. She later referred to her alleged abusers as high-ranking members in Washington. Ford refused to turn over the notes from her therapy sessions.
When: The exact date of the party is unknown. Ford told the Washington Post that it happened in the “mid 1980s.” In her letter to Dianne Feinstein, she stated it happened in the “early 1980s.” She eventually narrowed it down to the summer of 1982, with no reason as to how she narrowed it to that specific summer.
Where: Ford does not remember how she got to the party. She also had no recollection about how she got home. She did not know where exactly the party was.
Following Ford’s lack of memory, the left argued that she was suffering memory loss from the trauma. But witnessess, even ones mentioned by Ford, denied the credibility of her comments.
Leyland Keyser, Christine Ford’s best friend at the time, was stated by Ford to be at the party. Keyser denied she was at the party, and denied all of Ford’s allegations. “I don’t have any confidence in the story,” she stated.
Patrick Smyth, a classmate of Kavanaugh, released a statement regarding the incident: “I understand that I have been identified by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as the person she remembers as ‘PJ’ who supposedly was present at the party she described in her statements to the Washington Post…I am issuing this statement today to make it clear to all involved that I have no knowledge of the party in question; nor do I have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct she has leveled against Brett Kavanaugh.”
Cristina Miranda, Ford’s schoolmate, posted on Facebook her memory of the encounter. She posted that she did not attend the party, but remembers hearing an incident about Ford discussed at school. Later, Miranda stated “That it happened or not, I have no idea.”
A few other women have come forward with allegations of Kavanaugh. But again, those allegations have not been able to hold any credibility.
None of this is to say that Christine Blasey Ford is outright lying. She presumably believes the allegations that she is saying. Perhaps her memory is wrong. There is not, however, credible reason to believe that Kavanaugh is guilty. Ford is trying to remember something that happened over 30 years ago. Time can distort memories and cloud the truth. Until this story, there has been no reason to question Kavanaugh’s character throughout his judicial career.
The obvious point is that Brett Kavanaugh cannot be presumed guilty. This confirmation occurred during the height of the #metoo movement. “Innocent until proven guilty” is not being applied to accusers of sexual assault. “Beyond reasonable doubt” is not being used in these Senate hearings as well. Kavanaugh is not getting due process. Instead, he is being attacked by Democratic senators for political gain.
This case is more than a “he said, she said.” There are direct pieces of evidence that refute claims made by Christine Blasey Ford. None of the witnesses, even ones she named, were able to verify her story about the night of the party. Victim testimony is not enough to prove guilt, concrete evidence is also needed. Especially when that victim does not know where the attack happened, who was there, when it happened, how she got there, and how she left.
To have sympathy for Christine Blasey Ford is understandable. She clearly is troubled by her story, and does not seem to have any motive to lie. There just isn’t any evidence to substantiate her story, and there is more evidence to refute her claims.
The way that the Democratic party has used this story for political game is disgusting. They have dragged Kavanaugh and his family through terrible allegations. Kamala Harris, Dianne Feinstein, and every other Democrat on that committee has labeled Kavanaugh a “gang rapist.” Why did they do this? Because they are afraid that Roe v. Wade is going to be overturned (which will not happen). Too many people are going to ignore the facts of the case and believe the accusations just because he was appointed by a Republican President. Why does this have to be a partisan issue?
Regardless of the accusations, this man was not convicted and is now a confirmed justice on the Supreme Court. But his reputation and character is forever ruined.