After the Republicans in Congress have bent over backward to accommodate Judge Kavanaugh’s accuser Christine Blasey Ford’s legal team is once again up to its tactic of stalling.
You might be asking yourselves, “What Now?” Simple, the GOP wisely wants to bring in a sex-crimes prosecutor to interview both Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford. But interestingly enough Ford’s team doesn’t seem too keen on the idea.
In new letter from Dr Ford’s Attorney to the Judiciary Committee, they again object to having outside counsel ask the questions for republicans at Thursday’s hearing, and ask for the name and resume of who that person will be.
This does not appear to be a done deal. pic.twitter.com/MwggIeBGbs
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) September 25, 2018
Here is the letter sent to the Judiciary Committee via Keep and Bear:
“Dear Chairman Grassley,
We write in response to the email sent by Michael Davis this afternoon and the letter from you that he included.
We are finding it difficult to reconcile your letter and Mr. Davis’ note with the Majority Leader’s speech this afternoon on the Senate floor. As Dr. Blasey Ford has been clear since her experience was first made public, she came forward because she believes it is her civic duty to tell the truth about the sexual assault she experienced. She is coming to Washington at your invitation to share her experience with senators as they consider a lifetime appointment to our nation’s highest court. You said in your letter that intend to provide a “fair and credible” process that provides Dr. Blasey Ford “fair and respectful” treatment. Yet earlier today the Majority Leader dismissed Dr. Ford’s experience as a “smear campaign,” claiming mistakenly that the witnesses’ to the Committee constitute “a complete lack of evidence,” implying that there has been a thorough investigation. This and statements he has made previously are flatly inconsistent with your letter.
The refusal of the White House to request that the FBI reopen Judge Kavanaugh’s background check precluded a thorough non-partisan investigation of this matter. And the hearing plan that Mr. Davis described does not appear designed to provide Dr. Blasey Ford with fair and respectful treatment.
In our view, the hiring of an unnamed “experienced sex crimes prosecutor,” as Mr. Davis described in his email, is contrary to the Majority’s repeated emphasis on the need for the Senate and this Committee’s members to fulfill their constitutional obligations. It is also inconsistent with your stated wish to avoid a “circus,” as well as Dr. Blasey Ford’s repeated requests through counsel that senators conducted the questioning. This is not a criminal trial for which the involvement of an experienced sex crimes prosecutor would be appropriate. Neither Dr. Blasey Ford nor Judge Kavanaugh is on trial. The goal should be to develop relevant facts, not try a case.
Mr. Davis’s [sic] comparison of the hearing on Thursday to the Watergate or Iran-Contra hearings is disingenuous. As you know, neither occurred in the Judiciary Committee. The Watergate hearings were conducted by the Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities; they lasted for months resulting in over 319 hours being televised. The Iran-Contra hearings were conducted by a joint committee of the House Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions with Iran and the Senate Selection Committee on Secret Military Assistance to Iran and the Nicaraguan Opposition that lasted 41 days. The outside counsel hired to those Committees did not come on board to ask questions of witnesses three days before the hearings started. The central point is that there is no precedent for this Committee to bring in outside counsel for the sole purpose of shielding the members of the Committee from performing their responsibility to question witnesses.
Mr. Davis still has not responded to a number of outstanding questions about the hearings, including an explanation of the role of the “experienced sex crimes prosecutor” in the Committee format. Please identify this person and ask your staff to send us her resume immediately. We respectfully request to meet with her tomorrow. We are available for a call with the Majority and Minority staff to discuss the remaining questions anytime.
Thank you for your consideration of these important matters.
Very yours truly,
Michael R. Bromwich”
Could this be just another stall tactic? Is Ford even on the road heading for D.C. Since she is now afraid of planes after her Hawaiian vacation? Does Ford even plan on testifying at this point? It seems people aren’t buying her narrative anymore.
She doesn't want to testify. She doesn't intend to. https://t.co/PjjbrAJ5iu
— Emily Zanotti (@emzanotti) September 25, 2018
Is she on the road yet? Hard to see how she will get to DC by Thursday morning if she isn’t already driving and getting close to Denver. Got to make St. Louis Tuesday night and DC after that. These are going to be aome grueling 1000 mile/16 hour days. https://t.co/iDgZA9jRtB
— Engineering Patriarchy (@Ethnocryptology) September 25, 2018
STRAIGHTFORWARD FROM HERE
1. Ford weasels out with BS excuse
2. Dems fume
3. Grassley calls Committee vote
4. Dems fume
5. McConnell calls vote
6. Justice Kavanaugh
7. Dems fume
8. Justice Kavanaugh writes decision killing Roe
9. Dems fume
10. President Cocaine Mitch?? https://t.co/WhWWr4pP9U
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) September 25, 2018
This is their predicate to back out on Thursday. As WE ALL KNEW THEY WOULD. https://t.co/JqEpa8ChPd
— Meech (@michi83) September 25, 2018
I told you guys, she’s going to find a reason to back out. She will never give a statement under oath and Dems will say she’s still credible but she was bullied out of testifying. The whole thing is a sham, everyone has their mind made up already, just hold the vote. https://t.co/7pOj7jiTy8
— Fiscal Therapist (@BigLifeMark) September 25, 2018
Prediction: Dr. Ford is a no-show, and never had any intention of following through with testimony under oath.
This. Is. All. Farce. #HoldTheVote
— Sal Nuzzo (@salnuzzo) September 25, 2018
Exit strategy for Ms Ford coming in 3, 2, 1… https://t.co/AMHtO7Lxpf
— MJ (@futuredci) September 25, 2018
Ford refuses to testify under questioning by expert?
They just want a Senate show, then. https://t.co/Ea0HFCnyfK
— Extremely Unfriendly Nathan Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) September 25, 2018
But now the plot thickens. We can clearly see Ford for some reason is opposed to an expert asking her questions. And reports are now coming out that to make matters even worse for Ford, Kavanaugh is claiming he has proof that he was actually out of town for the majority of the summer when the alleged attack took place.
According to The Daily Wire Kavanaugh has calendars from 1982 to show that he, in fact, spent much of his summer out of town on vacation with his parents. This fact further complicates things since reports say Ford doesn’t seem to remember when the party actually happened. She believes it happened in 1982 when she was 15.
Ford’s story would never stand up in a court of law. Although according to her it was traumatic she claims to not be able to remember anything whatsoever. She isn’t even sure of the year it happened. So can we please just have a vote and get him seated in the supreme court. Unless the Democrats can find some woman who actually remembers what happened and is willing to testify?