Is this a game changer? Perhaps. At the very least it sure does put a damper on the desperate Democrats.
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh are testifying before the Senate and this news was leaked late last night.
Seems very convenient, right?
So, how true is it?
Let’s take a look.
The New York Post published the story at 1:05 am.
On Monday, the timeline recounts GOP staff members interviewing “a man who believes he, not Judge Kavanaugh, had the encounter with Dr. Ford in 1982.”
The “encounter” refers to an episode in which Ford claims that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the bedroom at a Maryland house party.
They had a follow-up interview with that man, and he provided more detail about the assault.
Then on Wednesday, the committee staff said they spoke with a second man who said he assaulted Ford in 1982.
Source: New York Post
Burgess Everett, the Congressional reporter for POLITICO had tweeted this late yesterday:
Judiciary is also talking to someone who thinks he forced himself on Dr. Ford not Judge Kavanaugh pic.twitter.com/NJGRyMiW47
— Burgess Everett (@burgessev) September 27, 2018
Twitter obviously went nuts and demanded where he got the information. Everett explained:
For people asking for more info, this is from A long investigation summary from Judiciary Republicans distributed tonight. These interviews happened this week, according to the committee
— Burgess Everett (@burgessev) September 27, 2018
It was confirmed by the political editor of the Daily Mail citing the Senate GOP published timeline:
Whoa. Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans say they have spoken to two men who think they, not Kavanaugh, had the 1982 encounter that formed the basis for her sexual abuse claim. (These tables are from a timeline the committee majority published 15 minutes ago.) pic.twitter.com/tjz3CSQUUL
— David Martosko (@dmartosko) September 27, 2018
Here are the images of the timeline:
On September 24, the timeline reads, ‘Committee staff have first interview with a man who believes he, not Judge Kavanaugh, had the encounter with Dr. Ford in 1982 that is the basis of his complaint. He submitted a written statement earlier in the day.’
On Tuesday, September 25, ‘Committee staff have a second interview with the man who believes he, not Judge Kavanaugh, had the encounter with Dr. Ford in the summer of 1982 that is the basis of her allegation. He described his recollection of their interaction in some detail.‘
It continues on Wednesday, September 26, ‘Committee staff receives a more in-depth written statement from the man interviewed twice previously who believes he, not Judge Kavanaugh, had the encounter in question with Dr. Ford.‘ It continues with the next point, ‘Committee investigative staff spoke via phone with another man who believes he, not Judge Kavanaugh, and the encounter with Dr. Ford in 1982 that is the basis of her allegation. He explained his recollection of the details of the encounter.’
Well, that seems like the Senate Republicans did their due diligence before the vote on Friday.
Even ‘Golden Showers’ Dossier leakers, Buzzfeed, is on the story:
The Senate Judiciary Committee just sent out a timeline describing how they responded to the allegations against #SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh. It appears to indicate they've been in touch with two men who believe they had the "encounter" with Christine Blasey Ford pic.twitter.com/4cHn4j1DXw
— Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) September 27, 2018
And dang it if the GOP isn’t learning a thing or two in 2018. They kept the interviews hush-hush from the Democrats.
Of course, we’re suddenly supposed to care about that.
Democrats, who have already been furious over the handling of the investigation of these allegations, had not been told of the following interviews by GOP until info was publicly released tonight, per senior Democratic official. Ds had asked for all relevant evidence pic.twitter.com/AabHjf4TsQ
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) September 27, 2018
Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said that the Democrats have refused to participate in interviews or an investigation, and instead doubled-down on the demand for the FBI to look into the accusations.
Grassley wrote that Republican Judiciary Committee staff interviewed Kavanaugh on Monday and that he “candidly and unequivocally answered all questions.”
“We have no reason to doubt the truthfulness of Judge Kavanaugh’s testimony,” he said.
Grassley reminded Democrats that they also had the opportunity to have staff ask questions of Kavanaugh but declined.
Source: The Hill
So, the Senate Dems were blindsided by DiFi producing the letter from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford on the eve of the confirmation vote for Kavanaugh and were upset.
They have showboated, had their ‘Spartacus’ moments, allowed and encouraged protesters to interrupt the proceedings, have denied that Judge Kavanaugh should be afforded basic Constitutional rights enumerated in the Fifth Amendment, they have jumped to believe the accuser despite not having any corroborating evidence or a single witness, and have clearly stated their commitment to obstruct and #Resist.
And now they’ve been smacked with this immediately before Ford and Kavanaugh are to appear before them because they refused to participate in the process.
The Democrats are upset pic.twitter.com/f0bbDDpauo
— Paul H Jossey (@PaulHJossey) September 27, 2018
Why are they so upset? Some of them are fundraising on the Supreme Court confirmation process.
Hard to believe anyone would risk having their motives questioned by fundraising off of stunts during a Supreme Court process.. pic.twitter.com/nuoepi4Vyw
— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) September 26, 2018
Judge Kavanaugh needs to be confirmed and this circus needs to stop.
I’m old enough to remember when Democrats kept saying that ‘Elections have consequences.’
Yeah, so step back, whiny Democrats, and let POTUS DJT — who actually understands ‘Flyover America’ — continue with Making America Great Again.