Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is coming up on one year since his confirmation to the nation’s highest court, but the anniversary will not be without remembering the turmoil and controversy which surrounded his confirmation hearings.
Shortly after President Trump appointed Kavanaugh to the post to replace a vacancy left by Justice Anthony Kennedy’ retirement, several women came forward with allegations of sexual assault against him.
The most prominent accuser was Dr. Christine Blasey Ford who said Kavanaugh and several others abused her during a party when they were all in high school.
Blasey’s accusations nearly derailed Kavanaugh’s confirmation as Democrats called for a thorough FBI investigation into the accusations and some Republicans began to ask Trump to appoint a new candidate.
While Kavanaugh survived the attacks on his character, it was not until almost a year later that Ford’s motivations were finally revealed.
Fox News reports:
The attorney who represented Christine Blasey Ford during Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court contentious confirmation hearings said in a speech earlier this year that Ford was motivated to come forward in part by a desire to tag Kavanaugh’s reputation with an “asterisk” before he could start ruling on abortion-related cases.
The high-powered progressive lawyer, Debra Katz, made the remarks at the University of Baltimore’s 11th Feminist Legal Theory Conference, entitled “Applied Feminism and #MeToo.” Her comments were first quoted in the book “Search and Destroy: Inside the Campaign Against Brett Kavanaugh” by Ryan Lovelace, which Fox News has obtained.
According to a video which was obtained by the Daily Caller, Katz said: “In the aftermath of these hearings, I believe that Christine’s testimony brought about more good than the harm misogynist Republicans caused by allowing Kavanaugh on the court.”
“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,” she said.
“It is important that we know, and that is part of what motivated Christine,” the attorney admitted.
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Fox News adds:
Katz’s disclosure shocked D.C. observers, some of whom regarded the remark as a possible breach of attorney-client trust.
“Why would a competent lawyer say this?” asked Megan McArdle, a columnist at The Washington Post. “I’m stunned.”
Ford, in her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last year, said she was coming forward out of a sense of “civic duty.” She did not make mention of the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade or abortion rights.
“I am here not because I wanted to be,” Ford said. “I am terrified. I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me while Brett Kavanaugh and I were in high school.”
The Western Journal reports Ford’s accusation amounted to a smear campaign and was not factually supported.
“Blasey Ford’s accusations and testimony weren’t just intended to smear Kavanaugh to the point where he could not be confirmed as a justice, they were intended to smear his most consequential rulings in the future, in the event he made it onto the court,” the outlet continued.
No one who was both conscious and intellectually honest during the Kavanaugh hearings could have sincerely believed he was guilty of the accusations against him on the basis of what little evidence was presented.
His chief accuser could not remember basic details of the alleged assault — such as where and when it took place, how she got home afterward.
She had no witnesses who backed up even the smallest part of her account. Even the story of how her story became known to the public via a series of strategic Democratic deceptions and leaks was fishy.
Now, with the stunning admission from Katz, several people immediately took to Twitter with possible explanations for Ford’s coming forward:
During the flagrant and ruthless character assassination attempt against Kavanaugh, a favorite talking point of journos was “what possible motivation could Blasey Ford have!”
the obvious answer then, is confirmed now-
It was a political hit https://t.co/g8Ldi14tmz
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) September 4, 2019
If there were any doubt the smears against Justice Kavanaugh were politically motivated, Christine Blasey Ford’s lawyer is now proudly confirming it.
Watch & share: pic.twitter.com/6doUklkEsY
— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) September 4, 2019
It was a disgusting, baseless smear and they know it.
— EddieCorreia (@EddieCorreia) September 5, 2019
We always knew that’s what it was all about!
— Vikram Saluja (@vikram_saluja2) September 4, 2019
Sounds like there’s a lawsuit overdue for maligning that man
— Diane (@dmbaldas) September 4, 2019
We all knew it before she said it.
— Paul Loverde (@LoverdePaul) September 4, 2019
That can’t be, because we were assured that she had no motive other than the truth
— Zach (@zwatson18) September 4, 2019
I’d say this is a major perjury case if that was her motivation.
— KevinRearick (@KevinRearick) September 4, 2019
Of course she was politically motivated, I am in no doubt. And now she’s basking in the sunshine of glorious Left-wing adulation for her supposed bravery.
— RBHoward (@RichardBHoward) September 4, 2019