Democrats must feel humiliated…
The New York Times recently relitigated the allegations of sexual misconduct in Kavanaugh by publishing a book excerpt from “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation.” A part of the book excerpt that focuses on the Yale colleague Deborah Ramirez’s experience of Kavanaugh can be found below:
NYT: At Yale, she encountered students from more worldly backgrounds. Many were affluent and had attended elite private high schools. They also had experience with drinking and sexual behavior that Ms. Ramirez — who had not intended to be intimate with a man until her wedding night — lacked.
During the winter of her freshman year, a drunken dormitory party unsettled her deeply. She and some classmates had been drinking heavily when, she says, a freshman named Brett Kavanaugh pulled down his pants and thrust his penis at her, prompting her to swat it away and inadvertently touch it. Some of the onlookers, who had been passing around a fake penis earlier in the evening, laughed.
But shortly after the NYT published the excerpt as an article, Mollie Hemingway, a Federalist writer, announced that she had received a copy of the upcoming book and discovered that the New York Times excerpt omitted the fact that Ramirez did not actually recall the incident. The Times subsequently published a correction at the bottom of the paper, clarifying that Ramirez “declined to be interviewed and friends say that she does not recall the incident.”
The foundation for the recent accusations originated from attorney Max Stier, another one of Kavanaugh’s Yale colleagues, according to Hemingway. As written by Hemingway:
FEDERALIST: Stier worked closely with David Kendall, who went on to defend Hillary Clinton against allegations of illegally handling classified information. Kavanaugh’s reference to his opponents being motivated by “revenge on behalf of the Clintons” met with befuddlement by liberal media, despite the surprisingly large number of Clinton-affiliated attorneys who kept popping up during his confirmation hearings.
FEDERALIST: In any case, Stier’s claim, which even two Democratic senators’ offices didn’t find particularly worthwhile, was that he had seen an inebriated Kavanaugh, pants-down, at a freshman-year party. Stier’s claim to the staffers, we’re told, was that other people at the party put Kavanaugh’s genitalia into the hands of a classmate. Another unnamed person alleged said that he or she might have remembered hearing that the female student had transferred out of her college because of Kavanaugh, “though exactly why was unclear.”
Although the new “accusations” have been discredited, Democratic presidential candidates, including Senator Elizabeth Warren, have started to call for Kavanaugh’s impeachment.
“Last year the Kavanaugh nomination was rammed through the Senate without a thorough examination of the allegations against him,” wrote Warren on Twitter. “Confirmation is not exoneration, and these newest revelations are disturbing. Like the man who appointed him, Kavanaugh should be impeached.”
Last year the Kavanaugh nomination was rammed through the Senate without a thorough examination of the allegations against him. Confirmation is not exoneration, and these newest revelations are disturbing. Like the man who appointed him, Kavanaugh should be impeached.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) September 15, 2019
But the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Lindsey Graham, would have none of it. Monday afternoon, Graham announced on Twitter “Kavanaugh will not be impeached over these scurrilous accusations.”
Graham continued, opining that the only new information we’ve learned in the last few days is that, at the NYT, “Republicans are presumed to be ‘guilty'” and that the news agency “writes first” and “verifies later.” Graham also scolded the Democratic presidential candidates for being “willing to ruin Justice Kavanaugh’s life for political gain,” and called the latest attacks “beyond the pale.”
What have we learned the last few days?
* The @nytimes writes first, verifies later.
* Republicans are presumed to be “guilty.”
* Democratic presidential candidates are willing to ruin Justice Kavanaugh’s life for political gain.
All very sad.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) September 16, 2019
The latest attacks leveled against Brett Kavanaugh are beyond the pale.
My heart goes out to Justice Kavanaugh’s family for being forced to endure this ridiculous treatment once again.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) September 16, 2019
Graham challenged the integrity of the confirmation phase and the readiness of the Democratic Senators to destroy Kavanaugh’s life during last year’s embattled confirmation:
“What you want to do is destroy this guy’s life, hold this seat open, and hope you win in 2020,” Graham shouted to Democratic senators in the chamber, reported CNN. “To my Republican colleagues, if you vote ‘no’, you’re legitimizing the most despicable thing that I have seen in my time in politics.”
CNN Editor-at-Large Chris Cizzilla noted:
CNN: The reaction to Graham speaks to the bitter divisions within the country. For Republicans, his words were the highlight of the hearing. For Democrats, the low light.
What is beyond debate is that prior to Graham’s speech, Kavanaugh’s chances were fading. After it, they look to be at least 50-50, particularly with Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, announcing that he is voting for Kavanaugh’s nomination in the Judiciary Committee later Friday afternoon.
All of which means that if Kavanaugh winds up on the Supreme Court, he’s got Lindsey Graham to thank for it — maybe more than anyone else.