The past actions of Christine Blasey Ford’s lawyer may hurt the professor’s case against Supreme Court hopeful Brett Kavanaugh. Video emerged on Friday that showed Ford’s ultra-progressive attorney attending an anti-Trump rally in 2017, where she promised to “fight back” against Donald Trump’s administration.
ABC’s Good Morning America captured the attorney, Debra Katz, attending a resistance rally following President Donald Trump’s appointment of Jeff Sessions as attorney general. Identified only as “a protestor,” by the network, Katz told a reporter: “We are going to fight back. We are going to resist. We will not be silenced.”
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An Aug. 9, 2018 profile appearing in the University of Wisconsin Law School alumni magazine, The Gargoyle, confirmed Katz’s membership with the fringe left.
“The resistance is not going away, says Katz, and she is committed to being part of it,” a journalist wrote of the attorney.
Answering questions from the magazine, Katz explained: “When I go to a march on behalf of Dreamers, I hear young people making connections between DACA and Islamophobia. I hope that energy continues, to retake our democracy that is truly at risk now.”
Katz’s actions won’t help Ford, a clinical psychology professor who says she was assaulted by Kavanaugh more than three decades ago, make her case — especially since many Democrats have appeared to be using her allegations as political bait ahead of November’s midterms. In fact, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) received a letter detailing Ford’s allegations in July, but waited until after Senate Judiciary Committee hearings to accuse Kavanaugh of attempted rape at a high school party in 1982.
Since then, Democrats have worked tirelessly to delay Ford’s eventual testimony before the committee — and until the Senate has a chance to hear Ford’s story, a vote recommending Kavanaugh for confirmation seems impossible. Knowing this, Democrats may be advising Ford to do everything she can to delay her testimony long enough to allow them to retake the Senate following elections on Nov. 6.
In fact, in a July conference call with Democratic leaders, Ricki Seidman — a former Clinton White House official who is currently working as Ford’s advisor — laid out a strategy for defeating Kavanaugh’s nomination. Just after Ford mailed off her letter alleging sexual misconduct, Seidman told Democratic strategists that “in the coming days,” an opportunity would “emerge” which could “ultimately defeat the nominee.”
Part of this strategy has included ignoring deadlines set by Senate Republicans for Ford to agree to testify in public hearings. After demanding conditions that would be impossible for Republicans to accept, Ford required five deadline extensions to agree to hearings before finally suggesting that she would appear before the committee later this week.
The Judiciary Committee penciled in Ford’s testimony for next Thursday, but according to some pundits familiar with Senate procedure, this is too late if Republicans want to nominate Kavanaugh before the midterms.
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson explained that “because of Senate rules, which are complex, if Ford testifies next Thursday, the vote on Kavanaugh will be pushed back at least another week.”
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“In this environment that very well means – forever,” Carlson said. “His nomination will be over.”