Running Out the Kavenaugh Clock

Christine Ford, through her counsel, has accepted the Committee's invitation to speak about her misconduct allegation against Brett Kavanaugh next week. However, there are still details to be worked out. The hearing will not be Monday.

Ford also added a lawyer to her team -- Michael Bromwich, a former inspector general of the Justice Department who is also representing former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

Ford wanted to testify after Kavenaugh. That's silly -- she's the accuser, how can he fairly be expected to respond to her accusation if he hasn't heard it first-hand from her?

If Ford can delay her appearance to the end of the week, perhaps the vote on Kavenaugh won't come in time to get Kavenaugh onto the Supreme Court for the October term.

Most egg on his face in this: Ed Wheelan, the former Scalia clerk and conservative lawyer and friend of the Federalist Society, for doxxing a high school classmate of Kavenaugh's and labeling him the possible perp. At least he's now apologized. But others are reporting he didn't act alone, but with the aid of a public relations company called CRC, which just so happens to list the Federalist Society as one of its clients. [More...]

A former CRC employee, Garrett Ventry, had been working for Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) until Saturday, when he resigned after news surfaced that he had faced accusations of sexual harassment in the past. NBC News first reported the resignation.

A source said Ventry had joined the Committee after the Federalist Society requested that CRC send somebody over to the Hill to help with the Kavanaugh nomination. Ventry did not respond to an email seeking comment and said in a Twitter post that the Committee had no foreknowledge of Whelan’s plans. It is not clear whether Ventry remains an employee of CRC, where he worked as recently as July.

None of this should be taken to suggest I believe Ford's allegations. I believe in the presumption of innocence, and I know that mistaken eye-witness identification is one of the leading causes of wrongful convictions. When these witnesses are wrong, they are usually mistaken, not lying. Memory is not like a videotape -- it changes over time. It's affected by things like post-event information.

I also don't believe in vigilante justice. Trials should take place in courtrooms not living rooms.

My question: Will Kavenaugh withdraw his name from nomination before the hearing, to avoid the spectacle and preserve his lifetime seat on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals?

Every decision Donald Trump makes leads us closer to a constitutional crisis. Although, it's about what I expected from someone with his intellectual and moral deficits.

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    I think he will withdraw (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Sep 22, 2018 at 04:42:37 PM EST
    Not only to protect his current job but I think there will be pressure to protect senators from making this vote.

    On Wheelan, this was on RawStory

    Kavanaugh ally did online searches for Christine Blasey Ford before she was revealed as accuser: report

    There are just too many questions and weird coincidences.  The democrats are going to have a field day if this hearing happens.

    I'm not sure this is a good thing.  Hopefully it is but it seems very possible they will just ram through someone even worse in the lame duck session.  

    Or they could (none / 0) (#4)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Sep 22, 2018 at 07:24:58 PM EST
    be stupid enough to ram Kavanaugh through on a lame duck session. They seriously need to quit looking at the Federalist Society for supreme court nominees and find another organization.

    I (none / 0) (#6)
    by FlJoe on Sat Sep 22, 2018 at 08:09:47 PM EST
    am not sure WTF this Whelan guy hoped to accomplish with his ridiculous and possibly libelous alternative theory of the crime, it just seems so ham-handed on all levels. I understand that the right has been trying to push the mistaken identity meme, but this seems like a rather flimsy and apparent attempt to create evidence out of whole cloth.

    Of course I do expect this sht to come flowing down from the likes of Alec Jones or Louis Gohmert, but reportedly this Whelan is a longtime operator with direct ties to Kavanaugh, the Federalist Soc, the WH and GOP.

    I understand the rights proclivity to throw outrageous sht out there to muddy the water, but this seemed rather feeble and from someone so close to  the main players. Pure stupidity if you ask me, the only question is whether this comes from pure hubris(they think they can get away with anything) or sheer panic.


    I don't think he will withdraw. (none / 0) (#2)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Sat Sep 22, 2018 at 05:50:47 PM EST
    I think doing so would be interpreted by many (most?) as an admission of guilt.

    Or be withdrawn (none / 0) (#3)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Sep 22, 2018 at 06:06:09 PM EST

    There are IMO better reasons for him to not withdraw.  The right will lose its mind.  Voting will be depressed on the right.  

    But if there is a hearing I think there will not be the votes to confirm him.  They absolutely won't put him up for a vote if that's true.

    It would be the worst thing they could do.  Make all the senators vote on him and not confirm him.

    All the chatter is about Collins.  I think Murkowski might be a bigger question.  She is under major pressure from the native people in her state.  And several state officials including the governor has come out against Kavanaugh.

    All that said, predictions are risky.  


    Sure, he could be withdrawn. (none / 0) (#5)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Sat Sep 22, 2018 at 08:04:22 PM EST
    It's an interesting game of chess.

    No risk for us, we're all just interweb noodniks...