Democratic attempts to destroy the good name of a qualified Supreme Court nominee have backfired miserably, uniting a once-divided Republican Party around the issue and imperiling the projected blue wave Democrats hoped would defeat GOP majorities in the House and Senate.
The implications of this failed Democratic scheme were written on Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s face last week when she emerged from reading the FBI’s report effectively exonerating now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh of any wrongdoing. The California Democrat looked to be fighting back tears as she appeared to consider how an 11th-hour plot to introduce unsupported allegations of sexual misconduct only succeeded in galvanizing Republican voters and exposing Democratic corruption.
A picture worth 1000 words
All of the blood seemed to drain from Feinstein’s as she appeared next to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Thursday to call the FBI report exploring allegations of sexual misconduct “incomplete.” The video of her stunned but predictable reaction has since gone viral, and Feinstein looked unconvincing as she recalled how the FBI failed to interview enough witnesses or collect enough evidence to persuade her that Kavanaugh was an innocent man.
This is great. pic.twitter.com/HguQLTA6sk
— zyntrax (@zyntrax) October 4, 2018
Feinstein was the first Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee to hear about allegations of sexual assault dating back to 1982 against Kavanaugh, and she maintains that she kept those allegations confidential at the request of the alleged victim, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. However, someone waited until after Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings to leak the accusation at the most opportune time, when Republicans would be hard-pressed to fully investigate the allegations ahead of November midterms and a possible Democratic takeover of the House and Senate.
Republican lawmakers are now calling for a Senate Ethics Committee review to determine just who leaked Ford’s story and threw the nomination process into complete disorder. A letter from GOP lawmakers explain their concerns:
This sensitive document was leaked to the media without Dr. Ford’s consent while it was hidden from the majority staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee. These acts demand an immediate and thorough investigation to find out who is responsible.
Leaking Dr. Ford’s letter was a cynically political act that is damaging to the credibility of the United States Congress. Deliberately outing Dr. Ford without her consent may have a lasting impact on women’s willingness to report future assaults.
Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) was the first to receive Ford’s letter outlining her claims, and she quickly passed along the contents to Feinstein’s office. During Kavanaugh’s testimony before the judiciary committee, Feinstein adamantly denied accusations that someone from her staff was responsible for leaking the letter to the media last month.
Feinstein’s fatal error
Besides failing to find any evidence of sexual misconduct from Justice Kavanaugh during their abbreviated investigation, the FBI may have uncovered evidence of witness tampering from Democratic operatives. Agents sent a separate package of evidence to the White House after concluding their Kavanaugh investigation.
Included among this evidence were text messages between Ford’s friend and a key witness, Leland Keyser, who previously denied having knowledge of the gathering where Ford said she was assaulted. A person close to Keyser said that Ford’s associates sought to pressure her into telling the press that she supported Ford’s allegations, even though she didn’t remember them.
Feinstein’s role in the Kavanaugh hearings came into question once again on Thursday, when Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) sent a letter to Ford’s attorneys demanding to see all communications between their legal staff and the offices of U.S. senators, “particularly the offices of Senators Feinstein and [Mazie] Hirono,” he wrote.
Grassley may be concerned with some degree of inappropriate coordination between Senate Democrats and Kavanaugh’s accusers. He also asked that Dr. Ford’s lawyers share their communications with Kavanaugh’s other accusers, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick.
Feinstein may have opened a Pandora’s Box of unethical Democratic behavior when she led the charge to pursue an investigation into Justice Kavanaugh’s past. Instead of exposing a high school deviant in Kavanaugh, she inadvertently revealed that Democrats would stop at nothing to oppose a conservative majority on the Supreme Court.
Feinstein’s pale-faced, tear-filled reaction on Thursday is the physical manifestation of this revelation, as it dawned on the California senator that she may have made an egregious error.Image Source: YouTube