Trump and much of the Republican Party have closed ranks around Brett Kavanaugh, the president’s latest Supreme Court nominee, as he stands accused of attempting to rape a girl when they were both still in high school. His accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, is a credible witness and told her therapist about the attack as far back as 2012.
The accusation came to light when Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) sent a letter to the FBI outlining the details. The New Yorker reported on the incident:
“In the letter, the woman alleged that, during an encounter at a party, Kavanaugh held her down, and that he attempted to force himself on her. She claimed in the letter that Kavanaugh and a classmate of his, both of whom had been drinking, turned up music that was playing in the room to conceal the sound of her protests, and that Kavanaugh covered her mouth with his hand. She was able to free herself.”
Kavanaugh has denied the allegations. Mark Judge, the friend that Ford claims was present during the assault, has now issued an official statement.
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In a letter addressed to Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA), the ranking Democrat, Judge’s attorney claims that Judge did “not ask to be involved in this matter,” as if that has any bearing on anything whatsoever. For her part, Ford certainly didn’t ask to be pinned down and terrorized at a party.
The letter goes on to insist that Judge has “no memory of this alleged incident.” He admits that he was friends with Kavanaugh in high school but that he doesn’t remember the party in question. He also claims that he never saw Kavanaugh assault Ford.
The statement concludes with Judge saying that he has “no more information to offer the Committee” and that he does not wish to speak publicly about Ford’s accusation, which seems to be a clumsy attempt to avoid having to testify in front of the Judiciary Committee.
BREAKING: Mark Judge, whom Christine Blasey Ford said was in the room when Brett Kavanaugh allegedly assaulted her, said he will not testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee https://t.co/Dmsb8MomVQ
— POLITICO (@politico) September 18, 2018
If Judge does testify and lies about what happened he could end up facing perjury charges. With that in mind, it’s hardly surprising that he would wish to keep a low profile. That said, his wishes come secondary to having a just hearing on this topic.
If Kavanaugh is indeed an attempted rapist there is no place for him on the most powerful court in the world. Judge must be called to testify so that the American people can get to the bottom of these disturbing allegations.
NEWS — Mark Judge in letter obtained by WaPo says “I have no memory of this alleged incident” and defends Kavanaugh pic.twitter.com/fsW0sY20YE
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) September 18, 2018