Republicans are trying to get to the bottom of these sexual assault claims hovering above Brett Kavanaugh that have surfaced just before the confirmation vote that would put him on the Supreme Court occurred, and wouldn’t you know it? Suddenly Democrats are being difficult about it.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has released a statement on the issue telling the public that the investigation is underway, but for some reason, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is now being completely uncooperative:
“The standard procedure for updates to any nominee’s background investigation file is to conduct separate follow-up calls with relevant parties. In this case, that would entail phone calls with at least Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford. Consistent with that practice, I asked Senator Feinstein’s office yesterday to join me in scheduling these follow-ups. Thus far, they have refused. But as a necessary step in evaluating these claims, I’ll continue working to set them up.”
This is foul-play on the part of Feinstein and the Democrats, who seem more content to hold on to the possibility of Kavanaugh being guilty of sexual assault than actually let the investigation occur and prove he’s not, thus allowing the vote to proceed. This is a fact that is not lost on Grassley and the Republicans.
“Unfortunately, committee Republicans have only known this person’s identity from news reports for less than 24 hours and known about her allegations for less than a week. Senator Feinstein, on the other hand, has had this information for many weeks and deprived her colleagues of the information necessary to do our jobs. The Minority withheld even the anonymous allegations for six weeks, only to later decide that they were serious enough to investigate on the eve of the committee vote, after the vetting process had been completed.
“It’s deeply disturbing that the existence of these allegations were leaked in a way that seemed to preclude Dr. Ford’s confidentiality.
“Over my nearly four decades in the Senate I have worked diligently to protect whistleblowers and get to the bottom of any issue. Dr. Ford’s attorney could have approached my office, while keeping her client confidential and anonymous, so that these allegations could be thoroughly investigated. Nevertheless, we are working diligently to get to the bottom of these claims.”
As I wrote earlier today, the entire claim started off as suspect and only continues to build on the feeling of being a fabrication as time goes on. The fact that Feinstein is refusing to cooperate with Republicans only further lends merit to the idea that this is a delay tactic by Democrats to suspend the vote indefinitely, or at least until after midterms when Democrats have a better chance of getting in someone they want.
Now let’s add to the fact that Feinstein now says that she has even more stories up her sleeve that claim Kavanaugh’s character is that of a supervillain. This has all the marks of a dog and pony show, and Feinstein isn’t helping it look any more legitimate.