Sen. Dianne Feinstein isn’t backing down on her quest to destroy Justice Brett Kavanaugh. In a debate with her challenger, the California Democrat proclaimed she’d be in favor of reopening an investigation into the allegations of sexual impropriety against Kavanaugh made during his confirmation circus. She was apparently trying to out-liberal opponent Kevin de Leon, a fellow Democrat who emerged from a primary on the notion that Feinstein isn’t progressive enough. Feinstein threw the Kavanaugh proceedings into chaos when she leaked a confidential letter from accuser Christine Blasey Ford in the Nth hour of the hearings.
Christine Blasey Ford’s assertion that she had a second front door installed on her house because she was haunted by an early 80s attempted rape is being questioned. Real Clear Investigations discovered that the door appears to actually have been an access to a spare room and office that the Fords rented out, not as an emergency exit. Ford testified before the Senate that installing the door triggered an argument with her husband and supposedly led to a couple’s therapy session where she first talked about the sexual assault she pinned on a young Brett Kavanaugh. The wheels have also come off her assertion that that same claustrophobia made her terrified of planes, but it was discovered that she was actually a frequent flyer.
—QUOTABLE: “The door was not an escape route but an entrance route…It appears the real plan for the second front door was to rent out a separate room.” -Attorney familiar with the ongoing congressional investigation (RCI)
Mitch McConnell is calling for an investigation of whoever leaked the Ford letter. The Senate majority leader said on Saturday that the Judiciary Committee “out to take a look at” how the letter from Christine Blasey Ford accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in the 80s was leaked to the press. Ford had asked to remain confidential. That didn’t happen, the letter created a weeks-long circus, and Senate Republicans apparently want to get to the bottom of it.
—QUOTABLE: “I think it clearly was, honestly, a despicable thing to do to Dr. Ford…And it kind of underscored the tactics that have been used: It started in committee and then went straight out into the public.” -McConnell
Sarah Sanders struck back at CNN correspondent Jim Acosta on Wednesday. The grandstanding Acosta asked Sanders if Brett Kavanaugh was the “victim” in the whole episode over allegations of sexual impropriety lodged against him. Acosta was apparently indignant that President Trump would mock accuser Christine Blasey Ford at a rally the night before. Both Kavanaugh and Ford are victims of the Democrats’ smear machine, to paraphrase an emotional Sanders. The campaign has been “disgraceful,” and the Dems are “exploiting” the women who have come forward.
—QUOTABLE: “I think Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh are victims at the hands of the Democrats. I think it’s absolutely disgraceful what they’ve done and exploited this process … They are exploiting all the women that have come out to make any type of accusation. This isn’t the process that should have been done and certainly everybody deserves to be heard but that includes Judge Kavanaugh and that should be part of this process.” -Sanders
CNN and other networks are ignoring a letter from a former boyfriend of Christine Blasey Ford that she might not be a saint. In the letter, the ex tries to discredit parts of Ford’s testimony—including that he once witnessed her coaching a friend on how to evade a lie detector test, and that the pair were bona fide jet setters. Ford has claimed she has a fear of flying because of the alleged attempted sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh, which she said happened in the early 80s. The friend denies every having been coached by Ford on any polygraph. As of yesterday afternoon, the blackout on the story continued on CNN, ABC, and CBS.
One Democrat senator in a red state is suffering the “Kavanaugh effect.” North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp is down by 10 points in her race against Republican challenger Kevin Cramer. A poll by Strategic Research Associates found Cramer up 51-41 percent, a wider lead for Cramer than a June poll by the same group finding Cramer up 48-44. The poll also found 60 percent of North Dakotans support confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court—the poll, however, wrapped up before last week’s dramatic testimony by Kavanaugh and accuser Christine Blasey Ford before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Attorneys for both Christine Blasey Ford and Debra Ramirez are questioning whether the FBI is being thorough in their supplemental investigation of Brett Kavanaugh as they claim they see no evidence that the FBI has reached out any of the witnesses they have named.
Attorneys for Ramirez doubt that the FBI is being allowed to conduct the investigation that it needs to. Insinuating that they are being dictated to by the Trump White House.
Sen Mitch McConnell R-KY, says the supplemental report would be finished Wednesday afternoon and that the report will be available for review shortly thereafter.
There is one copy of the report that will only be available to all 100 Senators and a handful of aides that will be delivered one by one to each Senate office, reviewed by the Senator than moved by courier to the next Senator. This is done to prevent leaks to the media.
Sen Chuck Schumer D-NY is demanding 24 hours after the report becomes available to hold the procedural vote the Senate floor.
McConnell has said the vote will take place after cloture either Friday or Saturday. Whether all Senators can review the document, which thought to be relatively short, can be done to meet that timeline is to be determined.
Leland Keyser has no idea what Christine Blasey Ford is talking about. The two were best friends back in high school, when Ford claims she was sexually assaulted by a 17 year old Brett Kavanaugh. Ford even claims that Keyser was one of five people at the high school house party where the alleged incident happened. But in an interview with the FBI, Keyser repeated her statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee that she has no knowledge of the supposed 1982 party and has never met Kavanaugh. Keyser joins everyone else Ford claims where there in denying any recollection of the event. Both of her statements—before the committee and to the FBI—would be felonies if she was lying.
—QUOTABLE: as my client has already made clear, she does not know Judge Kavanaugh and has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford.” -Howard Walsh, Keyser’s lawyer
What goes around comes around. Senate Republicans are opening an investigation into Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s handling of the letter from Christine Blasey Ford alleging sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh. Feinstein received the letter over the summer, but did nothing with it until moments before the voting would begin on Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Cotton told “Face The Nation” on Sunday that she should’ve made fellow members of the Senate Judiciary Committee aware of the allegation immediately. He says he wants to get to the bottom of the suspicious timing, adding Senate Dems betrayed Ford’s request to remain anonymous and victimized her by making the letter a last-minute political football.
—QUOTABLE: “Any impact that this entire episode has had, on women’s willingness to come forward and report sexual assault, which I encourage them all to do immediately after it happens, is caused by the Democrats, is caused by Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Schumer not respecting her requests for confidentiality.” -Cotton
A pair of men have come forward to say they, not Brett Kavanaugh, might be responsible for the encounter with Christine Blasey Ford. You probably know by now that Ford claims she was sexually assaulted at a high school house party in the early ‘80s, but her account is light on details. In written statements each man provided detailed recollections of encounters with Ford and said she could’ve been confusing them with Kavanaugh. The accuser’s tattered recollection of the alleged incident has been the subject of a lot of criticism, a key question being—how can she be sure it was actually Kavanaugh if she doesn’t remember other key details?
Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Tuesday the committee had hired a female outside counsel to ask Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser questions at a Thursday hearing. The Supreme Court nominee and accuser Christine Blasey Ford are both scheduled to testify on her allegations that Kavanaugh tried to rape her at a high school house party. Still in the air, however, is whether the allegations of a second accuser will be the subject of any questions at Thursday’s much-hyped hearing. The identity of the lawyer isn’t being revealed, which really upsets Chuck Schumer—but Grassley insists the whole move is to remove politics from the cross examination.
—QUOTABLE: “We have done it because we want to depoliticize the whole process like the Democrats politicized the Anita Hill thing…The whole purpose is to create an environment where it is what Dr. Ford has asked for — it be professional and not be a circus. That’s what we’re up to.” -Grassley
The woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of trying to rape her at a high school house party in the early ‘80s only wants to be questioned by senators. Christine Blasey Ford is set to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, but her lawyers are rejecting offers by the panel’s Republican members to have female staff attorneys ask her some of the questions. The committee’s all-male GOP makeup would turn to those staff attorneys because they, “are sensitive to the particulars of Dr. Ford’s allegations and are experienced investigators,” committee chair Sen. Chuck Grassley said in a letter to Ford’s lawyers. Ford said no. She also requested that she never has to be in the same room as Kavanaugh during the hearing.
Police are throwing water on a new report by CNN political analyst Brian Karem that alleges more sexual impropriety by Brett Kavanaugh. Karem reported in the Montgomery County Sentinel that investigators “said they are looking at allegations against Kavanaugh during his senior year in high school,” which would be in addition to the previous allegation by Christine Blasey Ford. But Montgomery police said not so fast. They have not received any requests to launch any investigation of the sort, county police said in a statement. Karem said he wasn’t necessarily referring to the police.
—QUOTABLE: “At this time, the Montgomery County Police Department has not received a request by any alleged victim nor a victim’s attorney to initiate a police report or criminal investigation regarding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh…Typically, in a sexual assault case, the cooperation of the victim or witnesses is necessary.” -Statement by Montgomery County Police