As The Washington Post and others have pointed out, Kavanaugh’s accuser is “remarkably credible.”
Controversy surrounds the pending confirmation of Trump Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in light of last week’s allegation of sexual misconduct by California professor Christine Blasey Ford.
At the very least, a full Senate vote is likely to be delayed. At worst, Kavanaugh’s confirmation could end up being derailed completely, leaving Republicans without the anticipated victory of padding the Supreme Court with another conservative justice before the crucial midterm elections.
The Washington Post reported on Sunday on the controversy:
Is Brett M. Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination in danger now that a woman has publicly accused him of sexually assaulting her when the two were at a high school party decades ago? Maybe.
That’s not something we were willing to say at the end of last week. Then, the allegations were anonymous, taking shape in a mysterious letter that a top Senate Democrat referred to the FBI, and then in outlines of reporting in the New Yorker that Kavanaugh forced himself on a woman when he was in high school.
That changed Sunday, when Christine Blasey Ford came forward as the accuser, telling The Washington Post’s Emma Brown her story.
Continuing, The Washington Post reported that “Ford’s story is remarkably credible,” providing five reasons. CNBC provided a sixth reason to consider her accusations.
We have reformatted them into bullet points for clarity.
- Ford is speaking on the record about her experience.
- She passed a polygraph test, the results of which The Post reviewed.
- She told other people about the alleged attack years before Kavanaugh was a Supreme Court nominee.
- She allowed her records from a therapy session about it to be reviewed by The Post.
- She says she didn’t want to come forward and decided to do so only after her story was leaked to news outlets.
- According to Ford’s lawyer, she is willing to publicly testify. Ford, 51, “will do whatever is necessary to make sure that the Senate Judiciary Committee has the full story and the full set of allegations to allow them to make a fully informed decision,” her lawyer, Debra Katz, told news outlets Monday.
As Liberals Unite reported on Monday, there are 5 reasons to believe that Kavanaugh’s confirmation is now in doubt, not the least of which is Ford’s credibility and willingness to testify publicly.
The other three reasons include: the fact that there are at last 3 Republican Senators speaking out against a fast vote on Kavanaugh; with the Senate split 51 to 49 it is increasingly likely that Republicans will not be able to get the votes to confirm Kavanagh. And with the changing times and the influence of the #MeToo Movement on such matters these days, there is every reason to believe the outcome this time will be much different than that of the 1991 confirmation of Clarence Thomas after law professor Anita Hill testified against him.