As recently noted here, Judicial Watch and its president, Tom Fitton, deserve high praise for relentlessly seeking answers in cases that otherwise might be swept under the rug, such as Hillary Clinton’s email and the State Department’s cover-up regarding the attack on the consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including our ambassador.  (No, Hillary, and, no, Susan Rice, it was NOT inspired by an anti-Muslim YouTube video.)  Of side interest is the fact that the Benghazi case and the Hillary email case are actually related, as it was the push by Judicial Watch to look into Benghazi that turned up Hillary’s private email server.  If they hadn’t pressed for answers about Benghazi, we might never have known about Hillary’s brazen mishandling of classified material.

Judicial Watch is at it again, and I have to admit it’s fun to clap from the sidelines.  They’ve filed a bar complaint against the attorneys for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.  You’ll recall that Dr. Ford said under oath that she had not been informed that the committee had offered to fly to California and depose her there so she wouldn’t have to fly to Washington, DC.  Attorneys Debra Katz, Lisa Banks and Michael Bromwich deny that and say Dr. Ford was fully informed.  So, who was telling the truth?

Judicial Watch wrote a letter to the Board’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel that quotes Dr. Ford’s testimony:  “I was hoping that they would come to me, but then I realized that was an unrealistic request.”  She said, “I wasn’t clear on what the offer was.  If you were going to come out to see me, I would have happily hosted you and had you – had been happy to speak with you out there.  I just did not – it wasn’t clear to me that that was the case.”

 

As legal expert Jonathan Turley has explained, the lawyers’ role in this mix-up violates the rules that require attorneys to keep clients reasonably in the loop so they can make informed decisions.


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Katz, Banks and Bromwich wrote that the complaint from Judicial Watch “is a shameful effort to politicize the bar disciplinary process.”  They insisted that they fully informed Dr. Ford of all her options and that she made her decisions based on the information provided to her.  They said they were never told that Sen. Chuck Grassley would have personally flown to California to meet with Dr. Ford, and that that was how she understood the question at the hearing.

 

But that's curious, because the question said nothing about Sen. Grassley himself flying to California.  The question was about “the committee.”  And Grassley had said he would send “female staffers” to question her and obtain her testimony.  His letter to her attorneys couldn’t have been more clear --- they were told she could have the interview “at a time and place convenient for her.”

 

Even so, Dr. Ford’s lawyers will stick to their story, because it would be impossible to challenge the way Dr. Ford “understood the question at the hearing.”  Still, Judicial Watch has established that Dr. Ford’s lawyers are saying they told her of the offer.

 

So, why would she have flown to Washington to testify in an open hearing, on TV and everything, when the committee could have put her under oath in her living room?  Grassley’s letter to Dr. Ford’s attorneys gave her the option of appearing publicly or in private, with the option of having a public or private staff interview.  If Dr. Ford was telling the truth about not knowing they would have flown out there, did her attorneys deliberately misinform her to create the Kavanaugh circus?  Was she manipulated for political purposes by her own “team”?  Indeed, as the complaint notes, the day after Dr. Ford’s identify became public, Katz went on several TV shows to ASK “that the (Senate Judiciary) Committee hold a public hearing so that Dr. Ford could offer her testimony.”

 

Thanks to Judicial Watch for keeping this issue from being forgotten.  President Tom Fitton said in a statement that they “are considering additional steps to address the misconduct committed by Justice Kavanaugh’s opponents.”

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/complaint-filed-christine-blasey-fords-lawyers/


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Fitton has also has plenty to say about the special counsel, who was appointed by deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is finally expected to testify Wednesday.  No one has to fly out to see Rosenstein, as he (unbelievably) maintains his job in Washington, and the deposition will be held in a “safe room” there, probably right in his building.  I can picture all the attendees trying to fit under a Maxwell Smart-style “Cone Of Silence.”

 

Along with Rosenstein and, presumably, his legal team, there will be just two Republicans and two Democrats in the room:  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, Judiciary ranking member Jerry Nadler of New York, House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, and Oversight ranking member Elijah Cummings of Maryland.  Oh, and a court reporter, as this meeting will be transcribed.

 

One thing that surprised me was the news from Rep. Goodlatte, as told to Maria Bartiromo on FOX News, that Rosenstein did not set the rules for this questioning, as it had appeared.  Goodlatte and Trey Gowdy put the proposal together in a way that they thought would facilitate open discussion.

 

Goodlatte explained that in a closed room with few people in attendance, they’ll have a virtually unlimited scope in their questioning, and they’ve promised to ask any question submitted by their task force members, such as Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows.  Of course, the main focus, at least to start, will be the question of whether or not Rosenstein was talking seriously about wearing a wire and invoking the 25th Amendment to unseat the President, but there’s much more to ask him, especially as it concerns the dossier.

 

The transcript will be passed through the intelligence community (uh-oh --- I smell a potential problem) to make sure there’s no issue with making it public (bet they'll find one), and then we the public should see it (in theory).  There’s probably not much that should be classified in the answers Rosenstein will be asked to give --- unless by “classified” they mean “protecting the FBI.”

 

Incidentally, during Goodlatte’s appearance, he responded to a tweet from Rep. John Ratcliff sent after the second interview with former FBI general counsel James Baker, which said, “I’m more convinced than ever before that the FBI and the DOJ 1) has not met their obligation to disclose material facts to the FISA court, 2) leaked classified information to the media, 3) violated their own rules with respect to  dealing with terminated sources like Christopher Steele, and 4), and most importantly, they had a bunch of Trump-hating agents and lawyers that were telling President Trump he wasn’t under investigation when, in fact, he was.”  Goodlatte, as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, made news when he said that “there is a lot of evidence to support Mr. Ratcliff’s statements.”

 

That brings us back to Tom Fitton, who says he would like to see lawmakers focus more directly on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and the “insipid corruption” behind it.  Since Rosenstein is the one who appointed Mueller, you know Fitton would love to be in that room on Wednesday.  In the spirit of helpfulness, he might want to send a nice, long list of questions to Chairman Goodlatte. 

 

http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/10/18/tom-fitton-judicial-watch-its-time-shut-down-mueller-trump-russia-probe

               

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  • Marilyn Icenbice

    01/27/2019 01:53 AM

    Dear Mr.Huckabee, I thank God for your highly intelligent voice of reason, I want you to know, I would have voted for you, during the 2016 election process! You were my first choice, (Ted Cruz was my 2nd) Lol ??! I adore your Daughter, Mike! You did a wonderful job raising her, obviously! Best White House Press Secretary EVER! I do not know how she kept up her strength, having to deal with the LEFTWING Fake News MSM all this Time! Wow! Anyone else, would have quit long ago! I am glad Our President no longer has Press briefings, I think he did all of us Conservatives a favor there! Just sayin! You are an exceptional writer, with an incredible voice of common sense and moral reasoning, Mike! I love your daily commentary and look forward to reading it everyday! It gives me hope, and optimism knowing, that I am not the Only one who believes that this President is the only thing standing between us(Christian Conservatives) and the destruction of every freedom we Americans hold dear! I Truly believe, that somewhere along the line, the Democratic Party has completely lost their collective minds! Evil has taken over, and what is important to the rest of us, is no longer in their thought process? I pray for Our Country and Our President everyday! Because unless we all realize just what is at stake, and step up and support our homeland and our President, we stand to lose our very way of life! I also Thank God everyday, that Hillary Clinton is NOT our President! Yours Truly Marilyn Icenbice, Klamath Falls, Oregon

  • Shirley

    10/23/2018 01:18 AM

    Why is no one asking Ford how she could not have known about the offer to go to her as it was everywhere on the news. Surely one of her friends or "beach people" would have let her know. But maybe her reply to that question was another one of "her truths".

  • Shirley

    10/23/2018 01:14 AM

    Why is no one asking Ford how she could not have known about the offer to go to her as it was everywhere on the news. Surely one of her friends or "beach people" would have let her know. But maybe her reply to that question was another one of "her truths".

  • Linda Orf

    10/22/2018 09:02 PM

    Like other commentators, I am confused as to the kind of doctor this Blasley-Ford is. I thought I read she was a professor, an instructor?? I have never had a teacher, professor with a doctorate speak like a vulnerable 12 year old with that "up speak" (ending sentences with an inflection as though it were a sentence). Can anyone really believe she talks that way in her class rooms?? But as a psychology major, she has likely counseled many and knows how to imitate that kind of speak, making her sound like a frightened pre teen. Thus she sounded credible to many. The whole testamony discussed me. I think Feinstein should have handled it all behind closed doors. The public needed not to see that.

  • Kathie Hoover-Hutter

    10/22/2018 03:17 PM

    I appreciate your newsletter and insightful comments. What I do not understand about Ms. Ford - what kind of a doctor is she? One with a PHD but with no common sense? To me and my friends, she is an educated fool and an unbelievable one at that.
    Show me the money trail !!! Someone had to pay her to demean herself like that. I hope it was worth it.
    As a teen in the mid-fifties, my father left me with questionable families and I was molested more than once. You could not pay me enough to bring accusations against any of those men. I would bet most teens have been molested in one way or another during those years and even now. It is over, I survived and so did all the others. This time of making accusations to get fifteen minutes of fame is not only ignorant on the part of the accuser, but it is stupid. And God only knows, you cannot fix stupid.
    Thank you for being a sane voice in this insane time.
    GO TRUMP ! ! I am a proud "Crazy" Arizona Deplorable.
    Respectfully, Kathie Hoover-Hutter

  • Kathie Hoover-Hutter

    10/22/2018 03:16 PM

    I appreciate your newsletter and insightful comments. What I do not understand about Ms. Ford - what kind of a doctor is she? One with a PHD but with no common sense? To me and my friends, she is an educated fool and an unbelievable one at that.
    Show me the money trail !!! Someone had to pay her to demean herself like that. I hope it was worth it.
    As a teen in the mid-fifties, my father left me with questionable families and I was molested more than once. You could not pay me enough to bring accusations against any of those men. I would bet most teens have been molested in one way or another during those years and even now. It is over, I survived and so did all the others. This time of making accusations to get fifteen minutes of fame is not only ignorant on the part of the accuser, but it is stupid. And God only knows, you cannot fix stupid.
    Thank you for being a sane voice in this insane time.
    GO TRUMP ! ! I am a proud "Crazy" Arizona Deplorable.
    Respectfully, Kathie Hoover-Hutter

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    10/22/2018 01:35 PM

    I certainly hope they continue to press for the "contracts for donations", Benghazi & the email (no scandals in the Osama presidency my hinney). We need to nail Hitlery to the wall of any state prison. And don't forget WhiteWater (dead dude in the trunk).

  • Chuck Walter

    10/22/2018 01:27 PM

    With the “cavaran” headed toward our border like a tidal wave why doesn’t the U.S. use existing technology to stop them at the border. The Isralies use artificial skunk spray that is very effective. Our military has technology that uses sound waves that causes enough pain to repel people. The left will say it is inhuman. It is not! We are under attack! No one is going to get killed. Use existing technology to keep them in Mexico. Then the Mexican government can handle the problem.

  • Maureen Innis

    10/22/2018 01:19 PM

    Methinks something has always smelled about this whole testimony from Christine Ford. In the first place, have you ever seen or heard of a meek, frightened pro-abortionist? Why do people keep thinking that somehow, she was a "victim"? As it has been apparent, the Democrats will "stop at nothing" to push their agenda - that includes, yes, lying. That also includes making up a story to crush and destroy your opponents. I believe she was in on this whole thing to try and prevent Justice Kavanaugh from being confirmed. I believe she knew exactly what she was doing, and I hope that this whole rotten scheme will be uncovered, and all responsible, that include Christine Ford, will be held accountable for what they tried to do to a good man and his family.

  • Maureen Innis

    10/22/2018 01:03 PM

    Have the members of Congress read the 25th Amendment lately? In order to impeach a president, it has to be agreed upon in writing by the Vice President - that means Mike Pence. How would they get past him? There are very specific reasons for impeaching a sitting president, and they have no case against President Trump. Mike, please comment on this.

  • joseph orsini

    10/22/2018 12:03 PM

    I am confused: can any AG appoint a "special counsel" any time for any reason?

    Kudos to Judicial Watch for their work!

  • Lisa Ford

    10/22/2018 11:54 AM

    It takes Washington forever to dig through the garbage, to get to the truth. Hopefully, we can drain the swamp before 2020. And have a big red election victory. I don't know about anyone else, I am sick about the democrats. I have been voting since Ronald Reagan's 1st election. I was 18 then & have been voting ever since. But what makes me even more sick is all the folks, who sat on their hands all these years, that let it get this bad. Must be the same ones that sat on their hands & let prayer slip out of schools & the 10 Commandments being pooh poohed away. See how far away we have slid. But we are strong. We can climb back to the top, with the help of Almighty God. He hears his Remanent. Thank You Jesus for that! And thank you Gov Huckabee, for letting us know the truth. God Bless You!

  • Lisa Ford

    10/22/2018 11:53 AM

    It takes Washington forever to dig through the garbage, to get to the truth. Hopefully, we can drain the swamp before 2020. And have a big red election victory. I don't know about anyone else, I am sick about the democrats. I have been voting since Ronald Reagan's 1st election. I was 18 then & have been voting ever since. But what makes me even more sick is all the folks, who sat on their hands all these years, that let it get this bad. Must be the same ones that sat on their hands & let prayer slip out of schools & the 10 Commandments being pooh poohed away. See how far away we have slid. But we are strong. We can climb back to the top, with the help of Almighty God. He hears his Remanent. Thank You Jesus for that! And thank you Gov Huckabee, for letting us know the truth. God Bless You!

  • Kendra Strecker

    10/22/2018 11:23 AM

    Mike as far as I'm concerned regarding Ms. Ford, SHE was used both by FEINSTEIN AND HER ATTORNEYS, in that respect, I feel sorry for her. My hope is that between JW and Lindsey Graham they can get to the bottom of it and her attorneys will be DISBARRED if in fact they failed to do their job correctly.

  • Jim Moore

    10/22/2018 09:11 AM

    Keep up the good work of informing the public. You are one of the few trustworthy sources of information out there. May God bless and keep you.