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Senate GOP Takes Right Approach to Kavanaugh Allegations

When news first broke that Professor Christine Blasey Ford had accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of committing attempted sexual assault against her when they were both teenagers — just days before his Senate confirmation vote to become the Supreme Court’s newest justice — many on the Left immediately called for Kavanaugh’s head.

ABC News Chief Political Analyst Matthew Dowd had this to say, all but condemning Kavanaugh as guilty:

And Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) went further than most of his Democrat colleagues, calling on Kavanaugh’s nomination to be withdrawn:

This nomination will not only cast a shadow over Judge Kavanaugh if he were ever to be confirmed… it will also stain the United States Supreme Court irreparably.

Kavanaugh, for his part, strongly denied the allegations in a statement:

This is a completely false allegation. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes—to her or to anyone. Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday.

I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity.

And acknowledging that allegations of sexual assault deserve to be taken seriously, the White House responded appropriately:

Reporter: “Kellyanne, Ford’s attorney said she’s willing to testify. Should she be heard on Capitol Hill?”

Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to President Trump: “Absolutely. She should not be insulted. She should not be ignored. She should testify under oath and she should do it on Capitol Hill, but that’s up to the Senate Judiciary Committee. They need to decide the forum. And Judge Kavanaugh should also testify as to these 36-year old allegations.”

Conway’s response exemplifies the right way to handle this difficult situation. Yes, the timing of these allegations was politically suspect. Yes, Prof. Ford’s story is filled with inconsistencies. But both individuals deserve a chance to tell their story under oath.

Many have questioned the Senate Democrats’ handling of an allegation they knew about for more than a month. Why didn’t they report it to the authorities? Why did they fail to bring the accusation up during the confirmation hearing? These are all fair questions that should be answered during the hearing next week.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has given Prof. Ford a number of options in order to give her an opportunity to testify, including the option of having a public hearing, a private hearing, a hearing in Washington, D.C., or a private hearing in California with committee staff. No one can credibly suggest that Grassley or the Senate Republicans have been unwilling to hear Prof. Ford’s testimony.

It remains to be seen if Prof. Ford will testify. Judge Kavanaugh has indicated that he will. We hope that both will take their opportunities to tell their stories on Monday, and then the process must move forward.

Jon Schweppe

Jon Schweppe is the Director of Government Affairs for American Principles Project. Follow him on Twitter @JonSchweppe

  • Seriously?? 36 years after the “alleged incident”? Can’t remember where it happened or even when it happened, the one witness she named says he never saw anything like that happen! Now RIGHT BEFORE the Supreme Court Justice confirmation, she decides, 36 years later, she wants to destroy his reputation and integrity, not to mention, she doesn’t want to even tell her story! She’s a democrat proffessor, what about this story looks truthful and legit? Not one tiny bit!!! This is a dirty rotten trick by the dirty dems to control what happens, disregarding the will of the people of the US! Disgusting!! This is exactly why I left the Democrat party, they will do whatever evil things it takes to take control and get what they want!

  • This is a total stall tactic from the dems!!! Whether or not they had anything to do with her coming forward with her story, isn’t even relevant!! She is a democratic activist (is what I read anyway!), but the dems jumped on this like flies on crap!! This was a gift to them, if it wasn’t planned! They have dragged their feet and tried every trick in the book to hold up this confirmation, hoping to get past the midterms, hoping they will get a majority in the senate and/or the house! Then they can block Cavanaugh’s confirmation! They’ve said from day one they would do whatever it takes to stop this confirmation! They don’t even care that everyone knows how hateful and manipulative they are, can you imagine if the shoe was on the other foot?!!

  • This has nothing to do with Kavanaugh. As a female these fake accusers (and in this case she should be demanding the Mass police do the investigation as it is under their domain) are already making it hard for real cases of rape and abuse and assault to convince a district attorney to bring charges, a court to be convened and a jury sat. Already most people including women like me are figuring any accusation against someone with money is an attempt to get money and to get attention and again money because we sense and understand that there are opportunists who don’t care who gets hurt as long as they get their own, attention and money. As for those legitimately raped or attacked they will have to have two witnesses to the incident because a woman’s testimony will mean nothing thanks to these opportunists. We women will end up like Muslim women who need two witnesses to their rape and considered 1/3 a woman’s testament in Muslim courts. These accusers like the porn star who jumped on her opportunity seeing she had a picture of her and Trump in Las Vegas went to Trump’s lawyer who on the tape convinced Trump now running for President to go along with buying her story from the Enquirer not to pay her. Why Conan wanted to buy the story who knows after all he was taping his clients for cripes sake. Enough said about these accusers who need to go to the police at the time and stop the person who raped them not just mauled them from doing it to someone else and not waiting years and when they find out the person is famous than bring it up or making up stories to get “famous” and in the numbers that they are doing it we normal woman who actually get raped or attacked won’t have anybody to report to because we will look like fake attention and money grabbers..