It looks like the Democrats are taking advantage of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and fellow Republicans for being too soft on the attacks against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Grassley said Sunday that his committee would look into a second accusation of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh, which went public in an unverified story in the New Yorker Sunday.
Grassley slammed the Democrats for withholding the information, Fox reported.
Kavanaugh hit with two more allegations
The story, which did not make it past the New York Times‘ editorial board, says that Kavanaugh exposed himself to a former Yale classmate, Deborah Ramirez, at a college party during the 1983-1984 academic year.
“The Times had interviewed several dozen people over the past week in an attempt to corroborate her story, and could find no one with firsthand knowledge,” the Times wrote. “Ms. Ramirez herself contacted former Yale classmates asking if they recalled the incident and told some of them that she could not be certain Mr. Kavanaugh was the one who exposed himself.”
The New Yorker admitted that no witnesses corroborated that Kavanaugh was at the party, though the article cites an anonymous man who said he was told about the alleged incident days after the fact. Additionally, Ramirez told the magazine there were gaps in her memory from drinking and that she spent six days “carefully assessing her memories and consulting” with a lawyer before going public.
Still, the holes in the story haven’t stopped the Democrats from pushing the allegation to throw Kavanaugh’s nomination off the rails. Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), who called for Kavanaugh’s nomination to be withdrawn immediately after the first allegation from Christine Blasey Ford came out, have called for an FBI investigation into Ramirez’s story.
The accusation was followed by a third on Sunday from none other than Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti, who claimed that an unnamed client had credible, damaging information about Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge, who Ford says was present during her alleged sexual assault by Kavanaugh when they were in high school. Avenatti claimed without evidence in an email to a Senate staffer that Judge and Kavanaugh would target women at parties to be gang-raped in the early 1980s.
As of Monday, Avenatti was calling for an FBI investigation and said his client would soon go public.
Grassley points the finger
Grassley said Sunday that the Republicans on his committee learned about Ramirez’s accusation from the New Yorker article and claimed that the Democrats knew about it beforehand but withheld the information. He said the committee would look into the Ramirez’s accusation but criticized his colleagues across the aisle, saying, “It appears that they [Democrats] are more interested in a political takedown” than “pursuing allegations through a bipartisan and professional investigative process.”
A spokesperson for the chairman also said he reached out to Avenatti for more information about his client’s allegations.
“Shortly after Mr. Avenatti announced that he may have information pertinent to the committee’s consideration of the Supreme Court nomination, the chairman’s office emailed him directly to request any relevant information he might have,” the statement said. “Mr. Avenatti publicly Tweeted his response to committee staff. The committee staff requested that Mr. Avenatti provide any evidence that he claims to have.
Meanwhile, Kavanaugh has responded to the second accusation, saying that he will not be intimidated by the “character assassination” against him and that he will not withdraw his nomination. He is set to testify before the Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
Grassley needs to realize that impotently complaining about partisanship isn’t going to get the Democrats to play nice. The more he gives in to the Democrats and their demands, the worse it’s going to get.
He can huff all he wants, but he’s the one in charge, and right now it looks like he’s falling right into their trap.