There’s a lot that’s very hinky about Brett Kavanaugh besides his association with right-wing politics. See, for example,Â The Many Mysteries of Brett Kavanaughâ€™s Finances. The man has been living way beyond his apparent means.
Before President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, he had a lot of debt. In May 2017,Â he reported owingÂ between $60,004 and $200,000 on three credit cards and aÂ loan against his retirement account. By the time Trump nominated him to the high court in July 2018,Â those debts had vanished. Overall, his reported income and assets didnâ€™t seem sufficient to pay off all that debt while maintaining his upper-class lifestyle: an expensive house in an exclusive suburban neighborhood, two kids in a $10,500-a-year private school, and a membership in a posh country club reported to charge $92,000 in initiation fees.Â His financial disclosure forms have raised more questions than theyâ€™ve answered, leading to speculation about whether heâ€™s had a private benefactor and what sorts of conflicts that relationship might entail.
There is also copious evidence that Kavanaugh lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee during the hearings on his nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals in 2004 and 2006. See The Evidence Is Clear: Brett Kavanaugh Lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee. It took two sets of hearings because Kavanaugh was obviously, um, problematic even then.
And then there’s the little matter of a large trove of Kavanaugh documents that Republicans have managed to keep hidden from view. The Republicans have been steamrolling Kavanaugh’s hearings with all possible speed so that no one gets a chance to look at him real hard.
But now he’s been accused of sexual assault, and the accuser has gone public. Will that slow down the nomination? Greg Sargent writes,
Now that Brett Kavanaughâ€™s accuserÂ has gone public with her storyÂ that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when both were teenagers, the White House and Republicans have signaled that they plan to aggressively undercut her credibility, a strategy that some conservatives have alreadyÂ launched.
You would think that this alone should obligate Republicans to invite Christine Blasey Ford to testify, publicly, before the Senate Judiciary Committee â€” before there is any vote. This would afford her a chance to defend her own recollections and character â€” that is, in direct, face-to-face response to the hostile questioning and extreme skepticism of Republicans, which they would no doubt throw at her if this does happen.
BloombergÂ reports this morningÂ that President Trumpâ€™s team plans to â€œtry to discredit the charges for surfacing late in the confirmation process and to question the credibility of the accuser because she didnâ€™t tell anybody about the incident at the time.â€
This is getting old. How many times does it have to be explained why victims of sexual assault often keep quiet? It’s well known that sexual assault victims keep silent more often than not.
Meanwhile, Judiciary Committee Republicans put out aÂ statementÂ claiming that the â€œdisturbingâ€ timing of the allegations raises â€œquestions about Democratsâ€™ tactics and motives,â€ suggesting Fordâ€™s story is the reflection of Democratic dirty tricks. Some prominent conservativesÂ suggestedÂ that the charges are orchestrated by Democrats.
Christine Margaret Blasey FordÂ (born c. 1967)Â is an American psychologist. She is a professor in clinical psychology atÂ Palo Alto University. Her work specializes in designingÂ statistical modelsÂ for research projects. She has been a visiting professor atÂ Pepperdine University, a research psychologist for Stanfordâ€™s Department of Psychiatry, and a professor at theÂ Stanford School of MedicineCollaborative Clinical Psychology Program.
This is not some nobody who was discovered by dragging hundred-dollar bills through a trailer park. This is a serious professional with a serious career who is knowingly walking into a maelstrom of ridicule and character assassination from which her personal and professional life will likely never recover.
Now the Democrats and a handful of Republicans are calliing for delaying the committee vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination until Professor Ford can be heard. She is willing to testify publicly. Kavanaugh is willing to
lie about it testify publicly. I think if this steamroller can be slowed down, there’s a faint hope it can be stopped before it’s too late.