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September 18, 2018

And That Will Help … How Exactly?

Filed under: Probable Cause — Tags: , , — Bill @ 8:41 pm

Lies-TruthIn today’s episode of the Washington, DC, soap opera entitled “As the Barstool Spins,” we learn that Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser Christine Blasey Ford has been receiving violent threats.  According to a post in TheHill.com,  “[Ford] has been the target of vicious harassment and even death threats. As a result of these kind of threats, her family was forced to relocate out of their home. Her email has been hacked, and she has been impersonated online.”

TheHill.com blog post goes on to say that, “Ford’s lawyers said in the letter that she would not testify during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing set for Monday until the FBI investigates her allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh.”

I don’t get it.

Even if the FBI had the legal jurisdiction to open such an investigation (it doesn’t), how exactly would the FBI investigating her allegation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school in 1982 make the threats stop?  The FBI would be investigating very stale 1982 leads of a crime that would never be prosecuted, not the 2018 threats reportedly being made against Ford.

Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee would be limited to matters of her own personal knowledge, not the results of any FBI (or anyone else’s) investigation.

My opinion is that the letter from Ford’s lawyers, Katz and Banks, demanding a FBI investigation in return for Ford’s testimony is nothing more than another effort  delay the vote to confirm or reject Kavanaugh’s appointment.    That strategy seems contrary to their client’s and her family’s safety interests.  It seems to me that the quicker Kavanaugh is confirmed or rejected, the sooner any threat made or posed to Ford and her family loses its potency.   Ford’s attorneys ought to be trying to expedite her testimony’s completion rather than delay its commencement.

If Ford’s lawyers, Katz and Banks, are sincerely concerned about threats against Ford and her family, they need to be coordinating with the appropriate California law enforcement agencies who do have jurisdiction over threats of violence, extortion, stalking, witness intimidation, etc.

The FBI should very politely hand attorneys Debra Katz and Lisa Banks a bucket of sand and tell them to go pound it.

6 Comments »

  1. Lots of fraud – I like the comment – go pound salt.

    I doubt the accusation, but even if true, he would have been 16 years old- a minor and 36 years ago. No other negative information about this man.

    Comment by Sharon Culbreth — September 19, 2018 @ 10:49 am

  2. This appears to be a smokescreen that the demoncrats can use to derail the real story and that is the declassification of documents pertaining to the Russian witchhunt. Sex always makes a great news story, because folks are not really into documents exposing the abuses of the Obama administration. Too boring and too complicated to follow. This sexual high school escapade accusation has been deftly planned to drag on, in case the demoncrats need to interrupt transparent programming. Ratings are key to our mainstream soap opera media. Great timing for a sex smear campaign on a supreme court judge nominee that will help dismiss the exposure of corruption.

    Comment by Stebbijo — September 19, 2018 @ 7:50 pm

  3. I wonder who paid for this charade – a made up story, but – If the story is correct he was a minor – 16 years old. How many actions in your life under age would
    you like to share with your boss, friend, family and children?????????????????????????????????????????????

    Comment by Sharon Culbreth — September 21, 2018 @ 12:21 pm

  4. Sharon,

    re #3: That’s why I’ll never run for any public office (that and I’m imminently unqualified to do anything anyway …).

    Comment by Bill — September 21, 2018 @ 12:31 pm

  5. This story just keeps getting worse, why the Senate is bothering to negotiate with this fiasco of a demoncratbitch is beyond me. They need to subpoena this witch and get it over with. It is not a smokescreen as I previously thought, it is a deliberate tactic to stall the appointment of this supreme court nominee, until after the elections, hoping that the demoncrats take control, so they can impeach the President. Well, get it on, because when President Trump calls the real rally, I hope all the demoncrats run for the hills because they will get what they have always wanted .. so sick of communists. They all need to go suck a straw. Tolerance does not last forever.

    Comment by Stebbijo — September 21, 2018 @ 9:38 pm

  6. Stebbijo,

    The brief extensions of time afforded Ford are not costing Kavanaugh any votes in the Judiciary Committee and the Senate. Razor-blade straddling Senators like Susan Collins would love to see Grassley or McConnell or, better yet, Kavanaugh himself blow up directly at Ford. That would take the pressure off her and other cowards like her who know Kavanaugh is eminently qualified and should have been easily confirmed by the Senate.

    There is some benefit to the voters in Grassley’s granting the time extensions: We’re learning more and more about the scheme behind Ford’s allegation, and it’s making her proffered testimony look motivated less by good citizenship than by political calculation.

    For example, on Thursday the public learned back in July Ford was getting guidance from Ricki Seidman, a Democratic hired-gun who schooled Anita Hill on how to testify against Clarence Thomas in his confirmation hearing. In the same time frame, Judiciary Committee Rankest Member Feinstein received the Ford letter which rather oddly requested that Feinstein keep it anonymous. Almost before the ink on the letter was dry, Ford was talking to the Washington Post. That’s the same letter Feinstein apparently still refuses to show to Judiciary Committee Chairman Grassley.

    Yesterday President Trump tweeted that if the serious offense alleged by Ford had in fact been committed, she and her loving parents should have immediately gone to the local police in Maryland and reported it. Again, predictably, Republican Senator Susan Collins was “… appalled by the president’s tweet. I thought that the president’s tweet was completely inappropriate and wrong.” Except it wasn’t, Susan. For whatever reasons, good or bad, Ford made a very bad decision in 1982 when she failed to report to the police what she’s now calling a sexual assault. As I said in an earlier OpenCdA post:

    By failing to timely, accurately, and completely report the alleged battery and possibly attempted rape in 1982, Ford failed to preserve all essential information that could have added to her present story’s credibility. Timely reporting then would have memorialized her own information as well as the information obtained from witnesses. It would also have increased the chances of physical evidence being identified and preserved.

    I’ve been told Maryland has no statute of limitations on assault/battery. If that’s so, then Ford could walk into the appropriate Maryland police agency today to report the heinous crime she alleges occurred in 1982.

    Somehow, I don’t think that’s going to happen. It definitely won’t happen if Ford’s story is fiction. Even her attorneys Katz and Banks wouldn’t want to be caught encouraging a client to file a false police report.

    Comment by Bill — September 22, 2018 @ 6:51 am

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