Random thoughts, Judge Kavanaugh hearing:
Dr. Ford grew up in River Falls subdivision, which is where I now live. It seems that members of her family may still live here. It is a great place to live.
I am watching CBS and must say that their coverage so far is mostly useless blathering. It is actually less than useless, some of it is miss leading.
The Republican examiner, Ms. Mitchell, is superb. It probably would have been better for everybody if she had been allowed to just conduct her cross examination without the constant interruptions. Dean Wigmore once said that that cross examination is the greatest engine for the discovery of truth ever invented by man. For example, she called the polygraph into question when she found out that Dr. Ford took it the same day, or the day after her grandmother was buried. Being under severe personal emotional distress at the time of the examination calls the validity of that polygraph into question. That does not mean that she was lying, only that the polygraph was no good. Stylishly done. Nobody at CBS has a clue of what Ms. Mitchell is doing.
Sen. Feinstein’s failure to properly do her job have made a fair process for both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh impossible. Had Sen. Feinstein not sat on Dr. Ford’s letter for almost two months, Dr. Ford’s allegations could have been fully investigated, and Dr. Ford could have remained anonymous. The FBI investigation of Judge Kavanaugh had not finished in July when Dr. Ford first contacted Sen. Feinstein’s office, because Judge Kavanaugh had not yet been nominated. Sen. Feinstein’s failures to act are inexcusable. It is important to note here that Sen. Feinstein also failed Dr. Ford. For her own political purposes Sen. Feinstein withheld from the committee the very information that Dr. Ford so desperately wanted the committee to hear.
This is all without considering the allegation that it was Sen. Feinstein, or her office, that leaked the existence of Dr. Ford’s letter to the public. However, it must have been Sen. Feinstein, or the Democratic Congresswoman that released Dr. Ford’s name since they were the only ones that knew what it was.
None of this relates to Dr. Ford, or her testimony. Simply stated, if Sen. Feinstein had done her job there would have been an FBI investigation. However, given the delay and lack of critical facts of the case, such an investigation is unlikely to show anything. It will always be a question of, who do you believe?
If you do not know the date that the event occurred, if you do not know the location of the alleged event, if everybody alleged to be there has denied being there except Dr. Ford, asking for an investigation is really asking for an investigation of nothing. There really is nothing to investigate except to interview Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh. Even if Dr. Ford could get the date of Mark Judge’s employment in Potomac Village that would not give the date of the alleged assault. It would only provide the correct year.
Dr. Ford clearly seems to believe what she is saying. She is also clearly terrified. Exceptional witness. It is also clear that at least the timing of Dr. Ford’s testimony was purposefully manipulated by Sen. Feinstein and, contrary to Dr. Ford’s express wishes, that its content was withheld from the Committee for her partisan political purposes as well.
While some have tried to trivialize what is alleged to have occurred by Dr. Ford, if you change the sex of Dr. Ford to male, the conduct complained of would be classified as bullying. They forget that every year boys commit suicide after being bullied in a similar, if non sexual, manner. It is not trivial.
Sen. Kamala Harris statements, you cannot call them questions, are a damning indictment of Sen. Feinstein’s failure to act when she received Dr. Ford’s letter and sat on it.
Lindsey Graham’s political analysis was spot on. They were ambushed by Sen. Feinstein, all of them, Dr. Ford, Judge Kavanaugh, and the committee.
Kavanaugh’s opening statement was strong, but a little too emotional for me.
There is not a scintilla, not an iota of evidence in support of Dr. Ford’s allegations except her own testimony. However, in such cases there usually is little evidence other than, he said—she said. Unfortunately for her, there is considerable evidence against Dr. Ford’s allegations. This too is largely her own evidence.
All of the people identified by Dr. Ford as witnesses have denied all of her factual allegations. That is important because at least one of them is still considered a friend by Dr. Ford and because it is extremely rare for there to be such a witness, that knows both parties but is not alleged to be involved in the sexual assault.
“When we get an allegation. . . you would want the FBI to investigate those claims.” said Sen. Feinstein. However, if the senator really believed that was true why did she sit on the charges for almost two months.
If Sen. Diane Feinstein had done her job, had done what she promised Dr. Ford she would do, there would already have been an FBI investigation of the charges.
If Dr. Ford had identified a calendar date, Judge Kavanaugh would at least have had an opportunity to prove that he was somewhere else on that date. Since proving a negative is impossible, this lapse of memory is very important.
If Dr. Ford had identified a place, Judge Kavanaugh would at least have had an opportunity to prove that he was somewhere else, or never there. It is at least passing strange to note that, from Dr. Ford’s testimony, there was no one at this party that lived in the house where the party took place. That is even more unusual than the fact that no one else remembers the party at all.
None of the witnesses identified by Dr. Ford have supported her claims.
If Dr. Ford had gone to the Montgomery County Police, she could have, and still could. swear out a criminal complaint against Judge Kavanaugh because there is no statute of limitations on most sexual assaults in Maryland, but she has chosen not to. In any event as a former Special Assistant State’s Attorney that never worked in sex crimes, I would normally doubt that there was sufficient information available for there to be a criminal investigation—except that two people have come forward and said that they did it. One of them has been described as a “lunatic”, but there is a lot of that going around. So, somebody could be charged I suppose.
This kangaroo court presented on TV today was mostly created by Sen. Feinstein’s failure to do what she clearly should have done. She should have disclosed the charge to the entire committee immediately, but withheld Dr. Ford’s name. She did not have to disclose the name of Dr. Ford to anyone but the investigators. That is what Dr. Ford clearly wanted Sen. Feinstein to do. By saving the charge for her own political purposes Sen. Feinstein did exactly the opposite of what Dr. Ford wanted, and exactly the opposite of what a person in her position should have done.
If you believe what has been said about Judge Kavanaugh then you must believe that he was a monster, but only for part of one afternoon, when he was 17 and drunk, and that he never did anything like again, except for a few gang rapes he set up for his high school friends that also were never reported. What we actually have is an uncorroborated, unsubstantiated, in fact a completely rejected claim from one person from his high school years that was not properly investigated solely because Sen. Feinstein preferred setting up a political ambush to doing her job.
It is no wonder why people do not report sexual assaults. Dr. Ford was hung out to dry, by the very people she thought were helping her.
It is no wonder that many good people avoid public service. An entire lifetime of good work was besmirched for political gamesmanship, and a serious criminal charge probably will now never be investigated. If Judge Kavanaugh’s reputation can be salvaged at all from this mess it will be due to Ms. Mitchell’s excellent examination which disclosed how shabbily Dr. Ford was treated by Sen.Feinstein, by Sen. Graham’s political analysis of what actually happened, by Dr. Ford’s truthfulness and finally by Judge Kavanaugh’s own records which showed an incredible involvement in academics and sports which rendered Dr. Ford’s and the other charges as at best as entirely unlikely to have been done by him.
I think he will be confirmed but I still have no idea whether he should be or not. This process is flawed.
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