Judge Kavanaugh update: the real and the fake

September 18, 2018

If the letter from Kavanaugh’s accuser had been made public, say, in July, when Sen. Dianne Feinstein actually received it, we wouldn’t have to quickly try to make sense of the crazed rush of stories about it RIGHT NOW, before the committee vote scheduled for just a few days away.  This calculated delay –- we know that’s what it was –- practically ensures there will be so much fake news, we won’t know what to think about it all and will therefore just have to delay the Senate vote. 

But first, the real news:  Now that the accuser has identified herself, Kavanaugh has released a statement that reads, “This is a completely false allegation.  I have never done anything like what the accuser describes --- to her or to anyone.  Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday.  I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity.”


The accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, now a professor of sociology at Palo Alto University in California, has said she wants to speak to the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the White House supports that.  “She should not be insulted; she should not be ignored,” Kellyanne Conway said.  “She should testify under oath and she should do it on Capitol Hill.”  That could come as early as Tuesday, and the scheduled vote on Kavanaugh could still happen on Thursday.

As long as they’re taking testimony, they really should include Mark Judge, the other man (then a boy) who was identified in Ford’s letter as someone else who was in the room at the time and would have been a witness to the “attack.”  “I never saw anything like what was described,” he told The New York Times.   He said it would have been out of character for Kavanaugh.  “It is not who he is,” said Judge, calling him a “brilliant student” who played sports and was not “into anything crazy or illegal.”

When asked, he couldn’t even remember an incident of rough-housing that a girl might interpret as being aggressive.

“I never saw Brett act that way,” he said, according to The Daily Caller.  He said the incident never happened and, in fact, was “just absolutely nuts.”

https://www.westernjournal.com/kavanaugh-classmate-named-metoo-letter-breaks-silence/

On Monday, Ford’s attorney Debra Katz called the incident “attempted rape,” which reportedly was not the way it was originally described in Ford’s letter.  More details here.

https://www.westernjournal.com/kavanaugh-releases-statement-accuser-identifies-isnt-backing/

Something else that’s real news:  Sen. Chuck Grassley has released a statement about trying to set up questioning of Ford; he says Feinstein’s office is refusing to cooperate.  It reads in part, “Sen. Feinstein...has had this information for many weeks and deprived her colleagues of the information necessary to do our jobs...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.”

But Ford’s attorney didn’t do that, and Feinstein held the letter until just a few days before the scheduled vote.  If the reason Feinstein didn’t act was to protect the identity of the woman, well, that’s now been blown, anyway.  The goal here doesn’t seem to be “getting to the bottom of these claims”; it seems to be delaying or preventing the Kavanaugh vote.  That’s what Senate Democrats really care about.

https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/press/rep/releases/grassley-statement-on-the-supreme-court-nomination


So much for what we can be reasonably sure is the real news.  There were also a few fake stories going around that got played up quite a bit before being discredited.  A story about Ford’s parents’ foreclosure case being presided over by Kavanaugh’s mother turned out not to be relevant; that case was dismissed before the judge would have ruled.  A story about Ford’s horrible teacher evaluations turned out to be about another teacher coincidentally named Christine Ford; it was retracted.  Yes, Ford’s brother did work for the law firm that reps Fusion GPS, but that was seven years before Fusion GPS was formed, so there appears to be no connection.

We as conservatives need to be careful about jumping too quickly on stories that may not have been verified for accuracy and/or relevance.  That’s what liberals do –- the Steele “dossier” comes to mind as perhaps the ultimate example –- and they’re the ones, by and large, who keep “fake news” in business.  On the other hand, when Democrats deliberately throw last-minute firebombs that send everyone scrambling, it’s understandable that stories such as these catch a spark.  They soon burn out, because we (unlike some I could name) are looking for truth.

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  • Carol Woodall

    09/29/2018 03:53 PM

    What would it take for just one Democrat to stand and say this this is enough. We have used a women as a means to bring a good man down. This women was nothing but a tool. Where are the feminist now. I can't doubt that she has been assaulted, I have no way of knowing. The burden of truth was on her. I was not convinced that she was or was'nt and I was'nt convinced that if she was it was by Judge Kavanaugh. As important as all this is it is not my reason for commenting. I am a Christian, wife and a patriot. Where has my country gone? When did we stoop to destroying each other for a political party. We elect people to work for us, not conduct themselves in this barbaric manner. I pray for you and your family, especially Sarah as she battles these demons daily. Pray for our President, our country and for Israel. God bless you all
    Carol

  • Linda Brown

    09/22/2018 06:34 PM

    I know this is politically motivated! After reading what’s going on and listening to you and several or there’s there is no doubt what’s behind this.
    I just hope that in the end she can be prosecuted and Old Feinstein’s reputation can take a big plunge!!

  • Esther Hopkins

    09/20/2018 12:16 PM

    Wow!!! So Feinstein sat on this letter for months and she didn't commit a crime for witholding evidence????? How about what Ted Kennedy did to that poor young lady that he left to drown... His career didn't suffer!!! I wonder if Ms Ford will have a new house given to her like Bernie Sanders.....

  • D C Oliver

    09/19/2018 11:27 PM

    With the Dems in the lead, I can see our country going down the tubes. No one can believe or trust them.

  • Patsy Holt

    09/19/2018 04:51 PM

    Why on earth is any of this even being discussed. It is so very obvious all made up. People should not be throwing stones. I really don’t think God is amused.

  • Nancy cantarini

    09/19/2018 02:29 PM

    As a victim of domestic violence, I am sensitive to women’s rights and protection. Not only do I find Dr Ford’s story to be a complete fabrication against Jude Kavanaugh, I find it disturbing and disgraceful on her part and that of the Democratic Party, to destroy this man’s reputation and his beautiful family. Shame on Senator Feinstein and all of her cronies.??????

  • Linda Aten

    09/19/2018 02:10 PM

    I say hand it over to the FBI and let them investigate. Putting this woman in an uncomfortable position and drilling her with questions is not a well thought out want to sort the truth.

  • Mike Spears

    09/19/2018 10:57 AM

    Gov Huckabee: With regard to Professor Ford's refusal to testify before the Senate until there is a full investigation:
    Bottom Line: Ms. Ford has not yet made an official complaint to an official "authority having jurisdiction," so there can't yet be an investigation:
    1) The legal process demands that investigations begin only after an official complaint is made. For example, one usually goes to the Police Department to make a complaint against another individual. When that happens, one fills out a statement/complaint form and that form also contains an oath that information being supplied is true and factual. Therefore, a complaint made under oath to the proper authority is what triggers an investigation.
    2) Now the "chain of custody" of Professor Ford's allegation: It went from Feinstein, was announced to the Senate Committee and then forwarded to the FBI. What Feinstein did was submit the letter from Ford to a potential "authority having jurisdiction." The problem with this is that the FBI declined based upon lack of jurisdiction over said offense. Also, the letter probably contained no oath declaring truthfulness of complaint.
    3) The FBI stated that complaint should go to local law enforcement as it was not a Federal Offense. Problem: Given the passage of 35 years and given the vagueness of the complaint, local law enforcement would likely decline to take action.
    4) Now, given that the complaint probably cannot become a criminal issue, the only relevance is to the Senate, regarding Judge Kavanaugh's appointment to the SC. Therefore The Senate Committee is now likely the only "authority having jurisdiction."
    5) Professor Ford has been invited to testify on Monday and is so far declining to come to testify before the Senate Committee.
    Therefore: Since no official complaint has been made, the allegation is "flying in the breeze" and there can be no investigation.
    Until Professor Ford is willing to come and testify before the Senate Committee, there is no official complaint to the only remaining relevant "authority having jurisdiction." Hence, there can be no investigation. The professor and her attorney are putting the cart before the horse.
    Finally, we all know that this is really only about obstruction and delay by the democrats and not really about the complaint. I say that unless Professor Ford comes in and testifies before the Senate in a timely fashion, that the Confirmation process for Judge Kavanaugh should proceed. (This is not to mention that we really can't allow a "guilty until proven innocent" precedent to be set for 35-year old "he said, she said complaints.)

  • Marelyn Mayo

    09/19/2018 10:18 AM

    We are furious about this attempt by the democrats to delay this confirmation. They will stoop to any under-handed means to stop President Trump. It is disgusting!!

  • Timothy J Houtchens

    09/19/2018 09:03 AM

    They had to go back 36 years when Kavenaugh was probably a minor to find dirt on him, just plain WRONG! I think most if not all of us have something in our closet that we are ashamed of that may well have happened in our youth. What I was then is NOT what I am now. Let them that is without sin cast the first stone. Ms. Fienstein needs to be reprimanded severely for withholding evidence. What is it called sincture?

  • Tom Godbold

    09/19/2018 03:59 AM

    Huck-

    Reading through your piece reminds me that seekers of truth in the current environment always seem to be trampled by Democrats who have no such scruple. Because they play to win, they usually do, at any cost. We have to decide when we’ve had enough, stop playing nice, and ram through this farce because we have the votes. Playing nice just doesn’t cut it.

  • Ethel L. Cenkner

    09/19/2018 01:50 AM

    It will be interesting to see what happens Mon --and see who shows up--
    Certainly hope there will be no delay in getting him confirmed--
    This 91 yr old lady enjoys your reports--

  • Frank Chavez

    09/19/2018 12:21 AM

    The real reason for Feinstein to wait on release of the letter was to smear Judge Kavanaugh, possibly get him removed as a candidate. This would delay the any vote to after the Nov elections so that if the Dems win, they could negate any candidate President Trump nominated.

  • Barbara

    09/18/2018 11:57 PM

    Please O Please ,say it isn't so. I am losing faith in all of humans.

  • Barbara

    09/18/2018 11:55 PM

    Please say it isn't so.

  • Carolyn Strong

    09/18/2018 09:54 PM

    This just proves the Dems are a discovering bunch!

  • Pete Miller

    09/18/2018 09:12 PM

    Governor Huckabee, Thanks so much for your TV show and conservative views. We are blessed to have your daughter serve in DC. Hogan Gidley’s parents are some of my best friends. Keep up the good work.

  • Gene Blazer

    09/18/2018 08:54 PM

    Thank you Governor. All of this is an attempt to stall, hoping for a win in November to negate Trump. The Republicans need to go on with the vote and not wait! The bending over backwards HAS to STOP NOW! Please Governor, can you suggest a search engine and email other than Google? I want to run from Google!

  • Danna A. Stevens

    09/18/2018 08:28 PM

    Another factor-it has been stated that they were ALL drunk. WHY was a 15 yr old girl at a "drinking party" w/four boys? She doesn't remember HOW she got there, WHERE it was, she didn't name Kavenaugh OR remember the "place", when talking to her therapist. Then she took a polygraph BEFORE Kavenaugh was nominated. Was there a REASON she didn't name him, or place? Had HE not been nominated, would the names/place have been changed? Maybe while she was "on vacation" w/her parents in another location. Would she have been the patsy for the Dems, wherever and w/whoever, they needed her to be? Is she getting PAID for this?? Has ANYONE checked out her "reputation" when she was in HS?? I have a feeling, if she was getting drunk w/4 boys at 15, at somebody's house and she doesn't remember who's or where, there is more to be told-regardless of WHO the boys were! Not remembering details, would prevent ANY candidate from being able to defend himself (or ever HERSELF!) I had a similar situation she describes, happen to me, except I WASN'T drunk (or even drinking, because I don't and never did), and I wasn't at a party w/no one but 4 boys. BUT I DO remember every detail, except the exact date, but I remember where I was before, where it occurred, WHO was involved, WHO was present, almost every word spoken and what happened after. I know HOW I got there, and how I got back, and I am old enough to be her mother. I don't buy the "I don't remember" bit! I am more inclined to think she was either at a party w/someone and got so drunk she doesn't remember anything &/or saw an opportunity to get even (maybe he ignored her at some point?), or just to help the dems stop the confirmation. In fact, I strongly suspect that if every dem. male who is screaming about this, were investigated, there wouldn't be more than 1 in 100, who wouldn't have SOMETHING along this line come up! And I would also highly doubt that the same couldn't be said about Feinstein and the rest of the women who are screaming. It sounds like this "girl" was "asking" for what she almost got-regardless of who the boys were-IF there were any. I just read the part about the possibility of bi-polar. She did speak of being in "family therapy". Having a daughter who is schizophrenic, and having worked w/children who are bi-polar, that IS a good possibility. It took MANY years for my daughter to realize that "everything I perceived to be reality, wasn't reality at all". We never understood when she was younger, where she came up w/some of the accusations against people, that we knew could't have happened. Sounds like a good possibility/probability. That DOES need to be checked out! What better easy prey for someone who knew that!

  • Danna A. Stevens

    09/18/2018 08:08 PM

    Another factor-it has been stated that they were ALL drunk. WHY was a 15 yr old girl at a "drinking party" w/four boys? She doesn't remember HOW she got there, WHERE it was, she didn't name Kavenaugh OR remember the "place", when talking to her therapist. Then she took a polygraph BEFORE Kavenaugh was nominated. Was there a REASON she didn't name him, or place? Had HE not been nominated, would the names/place have been changed? Maybe while she was "on vacation" w/her parents in another location. Would she have been the patsy for the Dems, wherever and w/whoever, they needed her to be? Is she getting PAID for this?? Has ANYONE checked out her "reputation" when she was in HS?? I have a feeling, if she was getting drunk w/4 boys at 15, at somebody's house and she doesn't remember who's or where, there is more to be told-regardless of WHO the boys were! Not remembering details, would prevent ANY candidate from being able to defend himself (or ever HERSELF!) I had a similar situation she describes, happen to me, except I WASN'T drunk (or even drinking, because I don't and never did), and I wasn't at a party w/no one but 4 boys. BUT I DO remember every detail, except the exact date, but I remember where I was before, where it occurred, WHO was involved, WHO was present, almost every word spoken and what happened after. I know HOW I got there, and how I got back, and I am old enough to be her mother. I don't buy the "I don't remember" bit! I am more inclined to think she was either at a party w/someone and got so drunk she doesn't remember anything &/or saw an opportunity to get even (maybe he ignored her at some point?), or just to help the dems stop the confirmation. In fact, I strongly suspect that if every dem. male who is screaming about this, were investigated, there wouldn't be more than 1 in 100, who wouldn't have SOMETHING along this line come up! And I would also highly doubt that the same couldn't be said about Feinstein and the rest of the women who are screaming. It sounds like this "girl" was "asking" for what she almost got-regardless of who the boys were-IF there were any.

  • larry corsaro

    09/18/2018 07:00 PM

    Were they the only people in the building at the time? I'm sure if she ran out of the room crying or upset, anyone else in the building would have wondered what happened to Christine? Then word would have spread quickly.." Did you hear what happened to Christine etc etc"? Why didn't anyone else on the planet know about this? It seems impossible this remained a secret for 36 years.

  • Sue Borchers

    09/18/2018 06:31 PM

    As a woman and a human, I have made poor decisions in my life like everyone else. I've stupidly put myself in iffy situations and have escaped from potential rape. I remember who, when and where it was. Nothing happened and I got past it. If my potential rapist were to run for office or something I can't imagine doing anything like this especially after 36 years and if there was no pattern of this behavior after that time. We've all been 17 and stupid. If she were actually raped I could see how she might hang on to it for 36 years even though as an educated person she should have known how damaging it would be to herself. The rest of us chose to grow up. Good, bad or indifferent, our experiences make us who we are. I got smarter, more settled and happy with myself... What did she get?

  • Joan Kugler

    09/18/2018 06:24 PM

    IF it were true (and I don't think it is just by watching the man during the hearings) about Judge Kavanaugh as a youth, who the H..l cares? I'll bet there isn't a member sitting on that committee who didn't pull something stupid as a youth. We all have. (Maybe it is time to start looking into the high school years of all our people who sit in Congress) And what does something that happened 36 years ago have to do with being a supreme court judge? He has had many years as a judge to prove his worth. Somebody needs to remove Diane Feinstein from her position. She is constantly a pain the the patoot. AND why did it take 36 years for this woman to suddenly come forward - where was she (if it is so all fired important to her or Congress) when he was being vetted for a district court judge many years ago?

  • Lynn Morgan

    09/18/2018 06:15 PM

    This is a way to try and convict a man with out a trial and facing ones accuser. Dems. have become accusers crying witch. Dishonorable wicked deprived and twisted, trying to corrupt our system and faith. It seems they are pushing to rip our nation, that I swore to protect, apart. I will do every thing possible to keep this one nation under GOD.

  • Judy Anderson

    09/18/2018 05:46 PM

    Nothing about her story has the ring of truth to it. Most recognize it as a desperate ploy by the left to derail his SUPREME COURT appointment.
    From accounts I've read, she can't remember where or the exact time it took place. If that is true, she is obviously lying because anyone who has truly been assaulted knows every single detail and couldn't forget if she wanted to.