Lindsey Graham, Start Fighting For Justice For Brett Kavanaugh

Lindsey Graham, Start Fighting For Justice For Brett Kavanaugh

Yes, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed. But that isn’t justice. Justice requires consequences for those who tarnished the man and lied to Senate Judiciary investigators and committee members.
Margot Cleveland
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Sen. Lindsey Graham, we’re still waiting. We’re still waiting for that flash of righteous indignation you showcased during the confirmation hearings of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh to turn into action. You know, when you turned to your Democrat colleagues and seethed that their efforts to “destroy this guy’s life” were “the most despicable things that I have seen in politics.” We’re still waiting for that tie-straightening smile in the face of protestors to turn into . . . something.

Yes, Kavanaugh was confirmed. But that isn’t justice. Justice requires consequences for those who tarnished the man and lied to Senate Judiciary investigators and committee members. Justice requires consequences for Christine Blasey Ford and her handlers.

Your inaction has so inspired the left that not even a year after Ford professed to senators, while under oath, that she was not “acting out of partisan political motives” in testifying that Kavanaugh had attempted to rape her while they were both high school students, Ford’s attorney Debra Katz felt no qualms about telling an audience that Roe v. Wade was part of Ford’s motivation.

“We were going to have a conservative” justice, Katz told a University of Baltimore audience, “but he will always have an asterisk next to his name. When he takes a scapel to Roe v. Wade, we will know who he is. We know his character. And we know what motivates him. And that is important. It is important that we know. And that is part of what motivated Christine.”

Revelations of Katz’s statements prompted Sen. Thom Tillis, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to suggest the Justice Department probe Ford’s testimony before the committee. Tillis “said the newly revealed remarks seem to undermine Ms. Blasey Ford’s testimony, when she insisted she was reluctant to come forward and was only motivated by the assault she said she suffered.”

And now thanks to Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino’s tenacious investigative reporting, we know that

within days of Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court . . . Brett Kavanaugh’s father was approached by Ford’s father at the golf club where they are both members. Ralph Blasey, Ford’s father, went out of his way to offer to Ed Kavanaugh his support of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, according to multiple people familiar with the conversation that took place at Burning Tree Club in Bethesda, Maryland. ‘I’m glad Brett was confirmed,’ Ralph Blasey told Ed Kavanaugh, shaking his hand. Blasey added that the ordeal had been tough for both families.

As Hemingway and Severino—authors of the bestseller about the Kavanaugh confirmation battle, “Justice on Trial”pointed out, Ford’s father “presumably wouldn’t have supported the nomination of a man he believed tried to rape his daughter.”

So, now in addition to the many contradictions and inconsistencies in Ford’s testimony, as well as the evidence that Ford lied about whether she had provided guidance to anyone on taking a polygraph test, there is evidence Ford lied about her apolitical motivation in coming forward—and to top it off, her own family didn’t even believe her.

Ford isn’t going away. She just laid low long enough to feel safe, as did Kavanaugh’s other putative accusers and the liberal press. So emboldened are the left now that The New York Times dares to tweet out that “having a penis thrust in your face at a drunken dorm party may seem like harmless fun. But when Brett Kavanaugh did it to her, Deborah Ramirez says, it confirmed that she didn’t belong at Yale in the first place.”

That tweet teased a Times essay by Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, reporters and authors of the forthcoming book, “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation.” That essay proves the damage done by Graham and the other pantywaist politicians who refused to punctuate their conclusion that Ford had lied about Kavanaugh with a perjury investigation.

Now we have the Times, a soon-to-be released supposedly investigative book, and Ramirez, all pushing as fact that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her, even though Ramirez herself initially was “reluctant to characterize Kavanaugh’s role in the alleged incident with certainty.” It was only “after six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney” that Ramirez decided, yes, Kavanaugh had been the perpetrator of that alleged assault that had occurred 35 years earlier, when she was intoxicated. That other witnesses unequivocally contradicted Ramirez’s claims and no one verified her account is obscured in the news stories.

What’s more, the Times is now reporting that during Kavanaugh’s freshman year at Yale University, a classmate named Max Stier “saw Mr. Kavanaugh with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party, where friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student.” According to the article, Stier contacted the FBI about the purported incident, but it was never investigated. What the article fails to mention, however, is that Stier served as one of President Bill Clinton’s attorneys during the Whitewater investigation, at a time when Kavanaugh worked on Ken Starr’s independent counsel report.

The left isn’t done. They aren’t nearly done. They will continue to hound Kavanaugh, either to twist him into a virtue-signaling pro-Roe vote, or to caution future conservative nominees to stay clear of the Supreme Court, or they’re coming for you.

It’s still not too late, however, for Graham to put a stop to this charade. Prior to stepping down from Grassley’s Judiciary Committee position, Sen. Chuck Grassley laid all the groundwork necessary to investigate Ford and McClean, and Graham now has even more lines of inquiry to pursue. Even more fodder will likely lie in “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation,” which is scheduled for release later this week.

While the authors claim they “found Dr. Ford’s allegations credible during a 10-month investigation,” what they likely unearthed instead were more inconsistencies and evidence that Ford lied because, as her Senate testimony confirmed, she couldn’t keep her story straight even if Roe depended on it.

Margot Cleveland is a senior contributor to The Federalist. Cleveland served nearly 25 years as a permanent law clerk to a federal appellate judge and is a former full-time faculty member and current adjunct instructor at the college of business at the University of Notre Dame. The views expressed here are those of Cleveland in her private capacity.

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