On Tuesday, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK) told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt that Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and his “political operation” were behind the leaking of Kavanaugh-accuser Christine Blasey Ford’s letter to the media. “I believe the Schumer political operation was behind this from the very beginning,” Cotton confidently told Hewitt.
Ford, who asked to remain anonymous, accused now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of decades-old sexual misconduct in a letter she penned to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) in July. Ford’s letter, however, was leaked to the press some two months later. The timing of the leak allowed Democrats to further delay the confirmation of Kavanaugh to the bench, enabling the highly-publicized Senate Judiciary Committee hearing where Kavanaugh was smeared with more uncorroborated allegations of misconduct, including involvement in high school “gang rape rings.”
“Is there any doubt in your mind, Senator Cotton, that this was planned long before it was unveiled? And by that, I mean the leak of Dr. Ford’s letter, I don’t know who did it, but I believe it was part of a campaign that was set up to occur exactly when it did. Do you agree with me?” asked Hewitt.
Cotton identified the “Schumer political operation” as the culprit “from the very beginning.”
“We learned last week that a woman named Monica McLean was Ms. Ford’s roommate, and she was one of the so-called beach friends who encouraged Ms. Ford to go to Dianne Feinstein and the partisan Democrats on the Judiciary Committee,” explained Cotton. “Well, it just turns out, it just so happens that Monica McLean worked for a Preet Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney in Manhattan, now a virulent anti-Trump critic on television and former counsel to Chuck Schumer.”
Longtime Ford-friend Leland Keyser, whom Ford named as an attendee of the “gathering” in 1982 where she was allegedly assaulted by Kavanaugh, said she did not know Kavanaugh and never attended such a party as described by Ford. McLean reportedly pressured Keyser to change her story.
Cotton continued, “So I strongly suspect that Chuck Schumer’s political operation knew about Ms. Ford’s allegations as far back as July and manipulated the process all along to include taking advantage of Ms. Ford’s confidences and directing her towards left-wing lawyers who apparently may have violated the D.C. code of legal ethics and perhaps may face their own investigation by the D.C. Bar.”
Bharara, though, claims that McLean did not work for him and he does not know her.
“As a supervisory special agent assigned to the press office of the FBI’s New York Division in 2008-2009, Monica McLean was responsible for coordinating news releases with the press office of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (USAO-SDNY). But Ms. McLean has never been employed by USAO-SDNY or by Preet Bharara. Moreover, Ms. McLean has never met or personally communicated with Mr. Bharara,” said David H. Laufman, an attorney for McLean.
A spokesman for Schumer, Matt House, said the theory was “another fairy tale from Senator Cotton, reminiscent of his trip to the White House when he lied about what the president said about immigrants from Africa.”
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