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New Book Claims Team Trump Held Back Dirt On Christine Blasey Ford During Kavanaugh Hearings

According to a new book, there was more to Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford than meets the eye, but Team Trump made a strategic move to hold that information back in fear that it would be portrayed as “victim shaming.”

In the fall of last year, Palo Alto professor Christine Blasey Ford nearly torpedoed Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court when she testified that he sexually assaulted her at a high school pool party in the early-’80s. Not a single witness she identified corroborated her account, including her close friend, who said she never even met Kavanaugh in a sworn statement. Furthermore, Christine Blasey Ford could not remember what house the party was held at, how she got to the party, and (most importantly) how she got home from the party when she stormed out of the house after allegedly being assaulted.

The new book, “Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court,” written by Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino, claims that the Trump White House wanted to fight back against Kavanaugh’s accusations much harder than they did.

“They interviewed Trump, top White House officials and several Supreme Court justices, among many others,” reports Howard Kurtz at Fox News. “The book describes a central conundrum for the judge and his advocates, which is that the team ‘understood that any criticism of Ford would be treated as a smear’ and depicted as ‘victim shaming.'”

Kurtz continued: “Although some of those who knew Ford shared details about her behavior in high school and college that were ‘dramatically at odds with her presentation in the media,’ the book says, the Kavanaugh team decided to focus on his record and the damage to his reputation. The book touches on some of those alleged details involving Ford.”

The book also excoriates the media’s unabashedly biased coverage of the Kavanaugh confirmation, especially The New Yorker for publishing the allegations of Deborah Ramirez, a woman who claimed that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a Yale college party, causing her to touch his genitals. Ramirez could not provide a single corroborating witness and shared her story to the outlet after consulting with a lawyer for six days.

The Blasey Ford and Ramirez accusations were just the beginning of the Kavanaugh fiasco, which became a full-blown circus the moment attorney Michael Avenatti released a sworn affidavit from Julie Swetnick alleging that Kavanaugh was part of a rape ring as a teenager. Again without any corroborating witnesses or evidence, Swetnick claimed that she attended around 10 house parties in which Kavanaugh and his friends supposedly spiked drinks and raped girls.

Kurtz continued: “Hemingway and Severino call the allegations ‘obviously ridiculous,’ saying ‘no one could have hidden such crimes for decades, much less a man who went on to hold high-profile positions in the White House and then became a judge on the second-most prominent federal court.’”

In the end, Trump’s nominee went on to be narrowly confirmed as a Justice serving on the United States Supreme Court, thanks in large part to Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), who said in a lengthy speech on the Senate floor that American due process demanded Kavanaugh be treated innocent until proven guilty. The book claims that Kavanaugh called Collins shortly afterward to say thank you.

Related: Senate Judiciary Committee Report: 45 Interviews, Zero Evidence To Corroborate Claims Against Kavanaugh