Staying on top of this debacle has been a full time job. Not hyperbole. Just when you think you’ve got a handle on what’s going on, something stupider happens. Lest anyone wonder where I stand on the Kavanaugh fiasco, should my choice in words not be clear enough, please pop over to Stop Making #MeToo a Weapon!
Now, here’s what you need to know, in what is hopefully an organized list in chronological order of events. My timeline will at least be more concrete than the one provided by Kavanaugh’s alleged victim. Call me a stickler for detail. This list DOES NOT include the various crazy reactions from reporters to this story, but focuses on the accusation and its fallout.
June 27 – Justice Kennedy announces retirement. The left loses its collective feces, which it’ll regain later only to funnel into Super Soaker guns, to be aimed at Kavanaugh.
July 9 – Trump nominates Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The left loses its collective marbles, launching campaigns over how Kavanaugh’s appointment is literally the Handmaid’s Tale. All women will be forced to have babies against their will and surely puppies will stop being born.
July 30 – Then unnamed Dr. Christine Blasely Ford dated a letter sent to Dianne Feinstein outlining her account of a party “in the early 1980s” where she accuses Brett Kavanaugh of physical and sexual assault. She describes the event as a “gathering” with her and four other people. So a total of five people.
She says in the letter, which you can read in full here, Kavanaugh shoved her into a room as she was heading into an upstairs bathroom. She says Kavanaugh was on top of her, covering her mouth to prevent her screaming, and someone else in the room kept tussling with Kavanaugh.
At one point when REDACTED jumped onto the bed the weight on me was substantial. The pile toppled, and the two scrapped with each other. After a few attempts to get away, I was able to take this opportune moment to get up and run across to a hallway bathroom. I locked the bathroom door behind me. Both loudly stumbled down the stair well at which point other persons at the house were talking with them. I exited the bathroom, ran outside of the house and went home.
Which means three people were upstairs. Her, Kavanaugh, and what we think is Mark Judge.
Obvious questions: She runs across a hallway bathroom. Which is upstairs. Kavanaugh and Judge went downstairs. How did she get home? Did she walk? Get a ride? She doesn’t know. Because if she walked home, then she knew where she was and could find her way back home. So she should at least have some idea of where the original house is. Rather than describing the house as a “suburban Maryland area home.” If she got a ride, where is the driver now? How did she contact the driver?
Sorry, back to the timeline.
“Early August” – Assuming since this letter was dated July 30th, it was received by Feinstein sometime in early August. But it wasn’t sent to Feinstein directly. According to The Intercept:
The letter took a circuitous route to Feinstein, the top-ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. It purportedly describes an incident that was relayed to someone affiliated with Stanford University, who authored the letter* and sent it to Rep. Anna Eshoo, a Democrat who represents the area.
“Early August” – Christine Blasely Ford hires Debra Katz to represent her. She also takes a polygraph test:
She engaged Debra Katz, a Washington lawyer known for her work on sexual harassment cases. On the advice of Katz, who said she believed Ford would be attacked as a liar if she came forward, Ford took a polygraph test administered by a former FBI agent in early August. The results, which Katz provided to The Post, concluded that Ford was being truthful when she said a statement summarizing her allegations was accurate.
A note here. The polygraph test wasn’t about the event Ford described being accurate. The polygraph test was “is this statement you made, which we just read back to you, accurate?” Not minor details.
August 10 – Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing is set for September 5th.
September 5 – Confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh begins. Several Democrats make asses of themselves in obvious bids to launch their 2020 campaigns. Here’s looking at you, Cory Booker.
September 12 – Rumors float through the senate that Dianne Feinstein has a document accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct but refuses to release it.
September 13 – Diane Feinstein releases the following statement:
“I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. That individual strongly requested confidentiality, declined to come forward or press the matter further, and I have honored that decision. I have, however, referred the matter to federal investigative authorities.”
September 14 – Mark Judge, who’s named as the other boy in the room with Kavanaugh, denied the allegations and spoke for Kavanaugh’s character:
“It’s just absolutely nuts. I never saw Brett act that way,” Judge told TWS.
Judge says he first learned he was named in the letter during an interview with the New Yorker. “[Ronan Farrow] said: As you know, you’re named in the letter. And I did not know,” he said.
September 14 – 65 women who knew Kavanaugh in high school submit a letter to Grassley and Feinstein explaining their support of Brett Kavanaugh.
We are women who have known Brett Kavanaugh for more than 35 years and knew him while he attended high school between 1979 and 1983. For the entire time we have known Brett Kavanaugh, he has behaved honorably and treated women with respect. We strongly believe it is important to convey this information to the Committee at this time.
September 16 – Christine Blasely Ford talks to The Washington Post about the letter she sent to Dianne Feinstein, thus revealing her identity. She reveals to The Post the following:
Ford said that one summer in the early 1980s, Kavanaugh and a friend — both “stumbling drunk,” Ford alleges — corralled her into a bedroom during a gathering of teenagers at a house in Montgomery County.
Ford said she told no one of the incident in any detail until 2012, when she was in couples therapy with her husband. The therapist’s notes, portions of which were provided by Ford and reviewed by The Washington Post, do not mention Kavanaugh’s name but say she reported that she was attacked by students “from an elitist boys’ school” who went on to become “highly respected and high-ranking members of society in Washington.” The notes say four boys were involved, a discrepancy Ford says was an error on the therapist’s part. Ford said there were four boys at the party but only two in the room.
In an interview, her husband, Russell Ford, said that in the 2012 sessions, she recounted being trapped in a room with two drunken boys, one of whom pinned her to a bed, molested her and prevented her from screaming. He said he recalled that his wife used Kavanaugh’s last name and voiced concern that Kavanaugh — then a federal judge — might one day be nominated to the Supreme Court.
Ford said she does not remember how the gathering came together the night of the incident. She said she often spent time in the summer at the Columbia Country Club pool in Chevy Chase, where in those pre-cellphone days, teenagers learned about gatherings via word of mouth. She also doesn’t recall who owned the house or how she got there.
Kavanaugh categorically denied the allegation, saying he’d never done such a thing in high school or ever.
Then things get really messy.
September 17 – Debra Katz says her client is willing to talk to a committee about her allegations:
“Is your client willing to testify before the Judiciary Committee publicly and tell this story?” –@savannahguthrie
“She is. She’s willing to do whatever it takes to get her story forth.” -Debra Katz, attorney for Kavanaugh accuser pic.twitter.com/V3BRF43nGK
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) September 17, 2018
So she’s willing to do WHATEVER it takes to get her story forth. Remember that. WHATEVER it takes.
Debra Katz says it’s not up to her client to prove her story is true:
September 18 – Senate sets special hearing for both Ford and Kavanaugh, Monday September 24:
The Republican leader of the Senate Judiciary Committee said on Monday he would convene remarkable new public hearings in a week’s time after sexual assault allegations emerged against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
September 18 – Ford backtracks, says before she testifies to the Senate, she wants the FBI to investigate.
he woman who has accused President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault all but ruled out appearing at an extraordinary Senate hearing scheduled for next week to hear her allegations, insisting on Tuesday that the F.B.I. investigate first.
September 18 – Senate denies request to postpone hearing.
September 18 – Ford refuses to give testimony without an FBI investigation:
Breaking on Kavanaugh: Christine Ford will not testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next Monday per her lawyer on CNN. Will not appear at a public hearing without a thorough FBI investigation being completed.
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) September 19, 2018
September 18 – Dianne Feinstein admits “it may not all be truthful.”
September 19 – FBI will not investigate the incident Ford is alleging for one simple reason: what she alleges IS NOT A FEDERAL CRIME. The FBI conducted background checks into Kavanaugh already, but it is not the job of the FBI to investigate a local matter from nearly 40 years ago:
The sources told Fox News on Wednesday that there were no allegations of a federal crime, therefore the bureau would not open a criminal investigation.
“This is a political issue, not a law enforcement one,” one source told Fox News.
September 19 – Supposed classmate of Ford said she knew about the incident in question. But then deleted her post and backtracked her original statement:
Christine Blasey Ford was a year or so behind me, I did not know her personally but I remember her. This incident did happen. Many of us heard a buzz about it indirectly with few specific details. However Christine’s vivid recollection should be more than enough for us to truly, deeply know that the accusation is true.
She even deleted her Twitter account following even more statements which she backtracked:
September 19 – Chairman Grassley and other Republicans extend the offer to Ford to have a private testimony:
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) September 19, 2018
I hope that Dr. Ford will reconsider and testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday. It is my understanding that the Committee has offered to hold either a public or a private session, whichever would make her more comfortable.
— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) September 19, 2018
September 19 – Chairman Grassley demands Feinstein turn over the letter.
Saying Feinstein “chose to sit on the allegations until a politically opportune moment,” Grassley demanded she immediately turn over an unredacted copy of the letter from Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, that Feinstein received July 30.
I’ll keep this post updated as more of the circus unfolds.