Judiciary Committee Republicans allege Democrats ‘declined to participate’ in Monday questioning of Brett Kavanaugh

Growing weary of the organized heckling from Democrats, the GOP-led Senate Judiciary Committee issued a fierce rejoinder on Twitter earlier this week that should effectively put to bed the partisan claims that Republican senators have somehow mistreated Christine Blasey Ford.

According to the committee’s official Twitter account, Senate staff interviewed Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh “under penalty of felony” on Monday. 

“Democratic staff was invited and could have asked any question of Judge Kavanaugh,” the commitee’s tweet added. “They declined to participate.”

Silencing the critics

Ford, a clinical psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, has alleged that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school. But rather than take part in committee investigations exploring the 36-year-old sexual assault allegations, congressional Democrats would rather sit back and criticize what all the “white-men senators are doing to this woman.”

Besides sitting on Ford’s allegations for over a month without taking action, Senate Democrats on the Judiciary Committee have refused to take part in staff interviews with Kavanaugh and other key witnesses in recent days. Still, negligent committee members like Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) have had the gall to ask “the men in this country” to “just shut up and step up” and “do the right thing for a change.”

Likewise, Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) refused to believe committee Chairman Chuck Grassley’s published claim that his committee was actively “following up on the leads from Dr. Ford’s allegations & news stories.”

A skeptical Whitehouse asked: “Really? When? Who will locate & interview witnesses?”

Upset that the GOP-led judiciary committee refused to answer Ford’s demands for a full FBI investigation preceding her testimony, and unaware that the committee’s inquiry was in full swing, Whitehouse went on to prove himself comically misinformed.

“When will the witness statements be taken?” he asked. “When will they be shared? Will the minority get to call witnesses, or will the Republicans hold all the cards?”

Setting the record straight

Republicans were all too happy to answer the senator’s questions via the official judiciary committee Twitter account. The committee explained how witness statements were, in fact, being taken, and interviews were currently underway — without the participation of their Democratic colleagues, who willingly chose to abstain.

So much for Whitehouse’s fear that Republicans would “hold all the cards.” Democrats, it seems, decided to leave their cards on the table.

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Absent Without Leave

Democrats have been AWOL throughout the entire investigation. Yet, despite not being privy to the ongoing inquiry, progressive lawmakers are all but certain that Ford is telling the truth.

In a textbook display of circular reasoning, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) practically screamed: “I believe her because she’s telling the truth.”

Uninterested in hearing Kavanaugh and other key witnesses testify, Democrats are ready to hang the Supreme Court nominee over unproven, vague claims going back nearly four decades. Fortunately, cooler heads will prevail, and Kavanaugh will be afforded the rights to self-defense that every citizen is entailed — whether Democrats like it or not.

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