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Kavanaugh Accusation Letter
A Political Dirty Trick?
PHOTO: Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO
The last-minute controversy does not appear to have shaken Republican plans to bring
Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Senate floor before the Supreme Court's new term
begins the first Monday in October.
By Ray Cunneff
September 14, 2018
The anonymous accusation of sexual assault from over 30 years ago puts Sen. Dianne Feinstein and the Democratic opposition to Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court in a quandary since they can't simply dismiss it - they can't NOT refer it to the FBI for investigation.
But at the same time, they may not wish to distract from their other legitimate issues with Kavanaugh, like lying under oath to Congress, over an unsubstantiated 'cold case' high school accusation - which may help explain why Feinstein didn't act on it immediately.
But it also makes me very suspicious.
The Republicans were ready, in less than 24 hours, with their own letter signed by 65 women who say they knew Kavanaugh in high school and that he always "treated them with respect", that makes this start to smell like trolling.
They were too prepared for this.
To round up these 65 women wouldn't even be as simple as to look up his classmates, since Brett Kavanaugh went to Georgetown Preparatory School, a tony all-boys prep school in Bathesda, Maryland.
I think part of what makes this dirty trick so diabolical is exploiting the heightened sensitivity of sexual assault, today's #metoo awareness, and knowing that will make the accusation impossible to ignore. But if it turns out there's no substance to the allegation, one that, by the way, cannot be adjudicated or re-litigated 30-plus years later, it looks like a desperate smear campaign, the other issues are forgotten, and Kavanaugh gets confirmed.
Do you have 65 people you knew in high school some thirty years ago who would vouch for your character on 24 hours notice? I don't. I don't know anyone who does.
It's a set-up!
I think Feinstein, who is normally very sensitive to these issues, hesitated to take action on this because she smelled a trap. She had this in July yet had to be convinced by Democrats on the Judiciary Committee that she/they could not appear complicit in a cover-up, that The New Yorker was about to break the story, that she had no choice.
I can't wait to find out who leaked it. I don't think it will be who you might expect.
It starts looking like a Roger Stone-style political dirty trick. Anyone remember the "Muskie letter"?