OPINION: The Full Kavanaugh Storyline.
These past few weeks have been tumultuous nonetheless in the political world. While NAFTA and House tax cuts were being negotiated, the media and the American public have had their eyes fixated on Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
The saga began with a letter to Dianne Feinstein and has now evolved into a full-scale FBI investigation as well as four new accusers. Here is everything you need to know regarding the letter, the investigation, and all of the chaos in between.
On July 30th, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford sent a letter to California Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein notifying Feinstein that she was a victim of sexual assault at the age of 15, with the perpetrator being a 17-year-old Brett Kavanaugh. The two of them were, according to Ford, allegedly at a party together while Kavanaugh was at Georgetown Prep, and towards the latter half of the party, Kavanaugh sexually assaulted Ford while under the influence of alcohol. Ford requested to remain anonymous and the letter to be kept under wrap, however, the letter was mysteriously leaked two weeks ago.
Following the unexpected release of Ford’s letter, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault. Ramirez claimed that she was harassed and assault at a Yale party, while Swetnick accused Kavanaugh of coordinating druggings and gang rapes while at Yale. Both are represented by Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti which has caused some disruption specifically from the Trump Administration.
These two accusations, as well as two other anonymous accusations, have been for the most part ignored due to their lack of legitimacy. Swetnick, specifically, is under fire from her ex-boyfriend for being mentally unstable, illegitimate, and at one point a restraining order was needed after she began sending threats.
In that same light, the Senate has focused mostly, if not entirely, on the Ford accusation. Kavanaugh and Ford have very little evidence supporting their case, which is making both the Senate hearings and FBI investigation incredibly difficult. Ford has introduced four witnesses, all who have no recollection of such a party ever happening, or Dr. Ford’s alleged assault. Ford also has a polygraph test taken months ago, yet Senate Republicans question its legitimacy due to multiple inconsistencies in her polygraph account and her hearing account, including but not limited to the location of the assault and number of people at the party. Kavanaugh during the hearings has completely denied all accusations made against him, despite the only defense Kavanaugh has managed to materialize is a calendar that he used back in his high school years that states he was away during the apparent date of the party.
Following a dramatic Senate hearing featuring Ford and Kavanaugh, the Senate Judiciary Committee proceeded to vote. Kavanaugh’s confirmation was passed to the Senate floor thanks to a last minute decision by moderate Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona. However, his vote came with a single condition: a full-scale FBI investigation looking into Ford’s accusation. The Trump Administration and GOP Senators have agreed to such terms, stating that Kavanaugh should have nothing to hide if he is innocent. The investigation is going on, although if the probe takes longer than a week the GOP could become impatient and a confirmation vote could occur. The investigation is likely to be thorough though, as many moderate Republicans and Democrats want as much information as possible before coming to a conclusion.
The Kavanaugh confirmation has been hectic at the very least, and once again the discussion on the MeToo movement has emerged out of the controversy. Kelly Anne Conway said it best, that the Senate must decide if thirty years of distinguished service to the judiciary world should be undermined by an incident that happened ages ago.
Noah Giglietti is a lead contributor for theDailyLead.