At his rally in Johnson City, Tennessee on Tuesday, President Trump didn’t mince words for California Senator Dianne Feinstein regarding her withholding of Christine Blasey Ford’s letter until the end of the judicial screening process.
“President Trump held a ‘Make America Great Again’ rally Monday night in Johnson City, Tennessee on behalf of Rep. Marsha Blackburn, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate.
Right Side Broadcasting Network reports outside the rally are the “longest lines” they’ve ever seen.”
And President Trump was on a roll at the rally:
“Diane Feinstein, she had this letter for months and she didn’t reveal it until everything was finished,” Trump said. “Then she reveals it and said, ‘Oh we want more time.’ Let’s see how it all works out but I will tell you what – they are trying to destroy a very fine person and we can’t let it happen.”
Indeed, Feinstein has had a letter from Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford in her possession since July; the Palo Alto University professor wrote her senator just after Kavanaugh was nominated. But instead of making the proper authorities aware of Ford’s claims, Feinstein sat on them for six weeks.
During that time, Brett Kavanaugh sat for 65 meetings with various senators, among them, Diane Feinstein. However, the California Democrat never confronted Kavanaugh about Ford’s allegations during any of those meetings. Likewise, she did not bring up Ford’s claims during Kavanaugh’s testimony before the Senate, as he answered hours and hours worth of questions.
Not until the eve of Kavanaugh’s confirmation, after the Democrats had already exhausted all legitimate means of thwarting the judge, did Feinstein make Ford’s allegations public. This, of course, led many to question the validity of the accuser’s claims.
After all, if there was anything to Ford’s story, why didn’t Feinstein bring it forward sooner? It certainly seemed as though it was all a sleazy political stunt to oust President Trump’s Supreme Court pick.
But this may actually be the least of Feinstein’s worries, thanks to her poor handling of Ford’s case. “There is a well-established process of confidentiality on the committee,” Sen. Tom Cotton told CBS.
“Dianne Feinstein could have shown that letter to Chuck Grassley and the two of them, as the leaders of that committee could have shared it with the FBI who could have discreetly conducted this inquiry in July and in August without betraying Miss Ford’s confidences.”
“Dianne Feinstein and her staff [are] going to face an investigation for why they leaked that,” added Cotton. “All of this could have been done discreetly. It happens hundreds of times — HUNDREDS OF TIMES — every year in the Judiciary Committee.”
Feinstein and her minions were hoping no one would mention the Senate’s well-established process of maintaining the confidentiality of accusers. She could have done this the right way. She could have gone to Grassley and the FBI with Ford’s claims when there was still ample time for them to be investigated before Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing.
The timing of Senator Feinstein’s revealing the letter is suspect at best. While protesters were showing extreme behavior in their demonstrations against Kavanaugh, his confirmation looked all but assured.
Then without warning, Feinstein revealed she had a letter with claims that Kavanaugh had committed sexual assault against someone who wished to remain anonymous. Oddly enough, she also revealed she had been in possession of this letter for nearly 2 months.
The tardiness of the letter also casts a shadow of suspicion against both the Democrats and the accuser. Senator Susan Collins of Maine, who is considered a potential swing vote in this process, stated in a New York Times article that:
“What is puzzling to me is the Democrats, by not bringing this out earlier, after having had this information for more than six weeks, have managed to cast a cloud of doubt on both the professor and the judge,” she said.
“If they believed Professor Ford, why didn’t they surface this information earlier so that he could be questioned about it? And if they didn’t believe her and chose to withhold the information, why did they decide at the 11th hour to release it? It is really not fair to either of them the way it is was handled.”
This could potentially backfire on Democrats as Collins is one of the few Republicans that Democrats had hoped to sway into a “no” vote on Kavanaugh. They’ve just taken a lot of wind out of those sails.
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