The Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding a Mississippi abortion law that could change the abortion landscape in the United States, so naturally Democrats are out in force claiming certain Supreme Court justices are illegitimate and shouldn’t be allowed to decide the case.
The most prominent accusation has come from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who claimed on Twitter that Justice Brett Kavanaugh “*still* remains credibly accused of sexual assault on multiple accounts w/ corroborated details & this year the FBI admitted it never fully investigated.”
Reminder that Brett Kavanaugh *still* remains credibly accused of sexual assault on multiple accounts w/ corroborated details & this year the FBI admitted it never fully investigated.
Yet the court is letting him decide on whether to legalize forced birth in the US. No recusal.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 2, 2021
The FBI didn’t investigate every claim because there was no basis for any of them, but for argument’s sake, let’s take a look at each of the main accusations against Kavanaugh – again – and how they lack credibility and corroboration.
Christine Blasey Ford
Blasey Ford, a psychology professor living in Palo Alto, California, accused Kavanaugh of having sexually assaulted her three decades earlier when they were in their teens. She made the accusation immediately after President Donald Trump announced he was nominating Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, but her allegations didn’t make news until shortly before the vote to confirm Kavanaugh, prompting a new hearing to let her make her accusations public.
Blasey Ford claimed that she was at a house party when Kavanaugh pushed her into an upstairs room and groped her. Kavanaugh vehemently denied the claims, and to date, no evidence has been presented to even prove Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh had ever actually met.
Ford was never even able to nail down a year that the alleged assault took place. She took a polygraph test to prove she was telling the truth, which consisted of her own handwritten statement and being asked if her statement was false or if she made any of it up. That handwritten statement initially said the alleged assault happened one “high school summer in the early 80’s,” but the word “early” was then crossed out. Blasey Ford never explained why. Her timeframe for the incident changed throughout the summer of 2018, starting with a July 6 text to The Washington Post in which she said the incident occurred in the “mid 1980s.” When she wrote about her alleged assault to Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) that the incident occurred in the “early 80s.” A September 16, 2018, Washington Post article claimed Blasey Ford said the incident happened in 1982.
A prosecutor was brought into question Blasey Ford when she testified before the senate. That prosecutor outlined numerous issues with Blasey Ford’s testimony that made her allegations “weaker” than a “he said, she said” case. One of the biggest flags was Ford’s claims to have brought the assault up in couple’s therapy with her husband, but she has refused to provide any evidence for these claims.
Blasey Ford named three people other than herself and Kavanaugh who allegedly attended the house party where she was sexually assaulted. One of them, who is still a friend of Kavanaugh’s, denied the claims. Another named person, Patrick Smyth, said he never attended such a party, and the final person, Blasey Ford’s childhood friend Leland Keyser, said she couldn’t remember the party or any alleged sexual assault. In September 2018, the Post wrote that Keyser “believes Ford’s assertions,” yet two separate books discount this claim.
In “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation,” New York Times reporters Robin Pogebrin and Kate Kelly bury an admission that Keyser never believed Blasey Ford.
“We spoke multiple times to Keyser, who also said that she didn’t recall that get-together or any others like it. In fact, she challenged Ford’s accuracy. ‘I don’t have any confidence in the story,’” the authors wrote.
The book also said Keyser was threatened and pressured to support Blasey Ford’s story.
“I was told behind the scenes that certain things could be spread about me if I didn’t comply,” Keyser told Pogebrin and Kelly.
One major aspect of Blasey Ford’s story that was never explained is how she supposedly got home from this party where she was allegedly sexually assaulted. She said she left upset, but Keyser has no memory of this, and no one has ever come forward to say they drove her home. At one point, Blasey Ford claimed Keyser may have driven her home. She had previously claimed she did not know how she got home. Keyser said that the get-togethers she attended as a teen were nothing like what Blasey Ford described. For her part, Keyser said: “It would be impossible for me to be the only girl at a get-together with three guys, have her leave, and then not figure out how she’s going to get home.”
Further complicating Blasey Ford’s story is the political motivation. She was portrayed as a moderate, yet her online footprint was scrubbed before she made her allegations. The deleted content was heavily critical of then-President Donald Trump.
After Kavanaugh was confirmed, Blasey Ford’s attorney, Debra Katz, admitted that her client was motivated by politics.
“We were going to have a conservative [justice] … Elections have consequences, but he will always have an asterisk next to his name. When he takes a scalpel to Roe v. Wade, we will know who he is, we know his character, and we know what motivates him, and that is important; it is important that we know, and that is part of what motivated Christine,” Katz said at the University of Baltimore’s Feminist Legal Theory Conference in April 2019.
Katz’ admission contradicts her and Blasey Ford’s testimony that this was not about politics. Blasey Ford claimed she came forward because it was her “civic duty.”
As an added insult, it appears even some Democrats privately disbelieved Blasey Ford. Lis Smith, a former aide to ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) said in a text after learning one of Cuomo’s accusers had retained Katz as her attorney that “Christine Blasey Ford was looney tunes and the height of me too overreach so this checks out.”
Even the New Yorker article detailing Deborah Ramirez’s allegations threw cold water on them, concerns that were bolstered by a subsequent article from the New York Times. Ramirez claimed that, while students at Yale University, Kavanaugh exposed himself during a drunken dorm party and forced Ramirez to touch his penis.
Her story was shaky from the start, and multiple outlets passed on it before the New Yorker published it. Still, neither the New Yorker nor the Times could find a single person to corroborate Ramirez’s claims. Ramirez herself wasn’t even sure that Kavanaugh was the culprit until she spent “six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney” – a Democrat.
The people who were named to the New Yorker as witnesses to the event didn’t corroborate Ramirez’s claims. She accused another man of encouraging Kavanaugh, but that man denied the allegations and stood up for Kavanaugh’s character. Another person said, despite Ramirez saying she was at the party, said she was not at the party. The Times spoke to dozens of people in an attempt to corroborate Ramirez’s story, but could not find anyone with firsthand knowledge.
One of the authors of the New Yorker report, Ronan Farrow, admitted that Democrats went “looking” for more accusations against Kavanaugh, which is how they found Ramirez, who, again, didn’t point the finger at Kavanaugh until she spoke with Democrats.
Nearly a year after Kavanaugh was confirmed, the media reported that the FBI was given the names of 25 people who could corroborate Ramirez’s claim, but the Bureau didn’t talk to them. It is highly likely that that these names couldn’t actually corroborate the claim, since neither the New Yorker nor the Times was able to find these people despite desperate attempts to end Kavanaugh’s nomination. As the Times said, the people it spoke to didn’t have firsthand knowledge. Ramirez suddenly having 25 people, with firsthand knowledge, who could corroborate this claim is highly suspicious, and the fact that media outlets don’t have these 25 people – is telling. None of these people apparently spoke to the Times when it wrote a follow-up story about Ramirez, but the outlet did claim that FBI agents told Ramirez they found her credible. This claim was made by Ramirez’s attorney, however.
Julie Swetnick claimed Kavanaugh helped orchestrate gang-rape parties while he was in high school, a claim that was absurd on its face. Her allegations were brought to light by Michael Avenatti, a celebrity attorney lionized by the corporate media who is now serving jail time for attempting to extort millions of dollars from Nike.
Despite the obvious red flags in her claims, NBC interviewed Swetnick, later acknowledging it put her on air even though it had information that seriously undermined her credibility. The network put her on air with the caveat that it had not corroborated her claims.
There were many random, false accusations sent to senate investigators in the wake of Blasey Ford’s allegations, but one got serious media attention long after Kavanaugh was confirmed. The Times spent nearly a year trying to corroborate the allegations against Kavanaugh, and the best they came up with was a Democrat operative who had attended Yale with Kavanaugh claiming that the Supreme Court justice forced his penis into a woman’s hand his freshman year. The biggest problem with this story is the alleged female victim didn’t remember any such incident. Further, Stier’s allegation had been shopped to Senate Democrats during the Kavanaugh witch hunt, so it wasn’t even some new discovery by the Times. The Times, however, claimed the uncorroborated allegation somehow corroborated Ramirez’s allegation.