With a good portion of the country embroiled in a “he said, she said” debate over the accusations of sexual assault made by Professor Christine Blasey Ford against Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a bunch of former FBI agents and prosecutors have spoken up to help people make up their minds over whom they should believe in the conflicting accounts of the fateful night.
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NBC News’ Ken Dilanian noted the phenomenon in a Twitter post:
A number of former prosecutors and FBI agents have said today that people who make up allegations tend not to demand that the FBI investigate them.
— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) September 19, 2018
While this realization would normally rise to the level of a “Duh!”, with Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee so intent on ramming Kavanaugh’s nomination through in record time in order to cement the Supreme Court seat before the midterm elections reverse their political fortunes, someone needs to point that fact out to them.
University of Alabama Law Professor Joyce Alene commented on Dilanian’s post with a corollary regarding the Republican Committee members’ behavior.
Yes. We can add this to circumstantial guarantees of Dr. Ford's truthfulness. You don't encourage an FBI investigation unless you believe the truth is on your side. If you think an investigation will tend to incriminate you, you…obstruct its progress. https://t.co/rp2EDphj3A
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) September 19, 2018
The psychological concept of projection is described by Wikipedia as the theory “in which the human ego defends itself against unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others. For example, a person who is habitually rude may constantly accuse other people of being rude. It incorporates blame shifting.”
Only people suffering from extreme cases of projection would be able to discern any rational reason for Christine Blasey Ford to lie about her experience, particularly given that her peers in school had heard about it at the time, that she had given details of the incident to a therapist in 2012 when Kavanaugh’s nomination (and Trump’s presidency) were mere nightmare fodder, and that she has faced harassment and death threats since going public with her accusations. Not to mention that lying to the FBI is a federal offense with heavy criminal penalties, as many members of President Trump’s campaign staff are discovering.
While President Trump has said that “the FBI really doesn’t do” investigations of this type, in fact, it’s exactly what they do in checking the backgrounds of any nominee for a major government office.
According to USAToday, “three former top officials at the FBI said Wednesday that scores of agents could be assigned and an investigation completed quickly that could shed light on both Ford’s and Kavanaugh’s credibility.”
““They could assign 100 agents to this and be done in two days,’ said Tom Fuentes, a former FBI assistant director who once led its organized crime program,” the newspaper reported.
While Professor Ford has no motive for making false allegations, Brett Kavanaugh has every reason in the world to deny those allegations if he wants to cap his career with a lifetime appointment to the nation’s highest court. Understanding this basic dichotomy in the two individual’s interests should help any rational person not under the sway of extreme partisanship decide who is telling the truth here.
If the Republicans do manage to shove Kavanaugh down our throats and confirm his appointment, the history books will be filled with asterisks next to his name, and he and the people who enabled his confirmation will be forever associated with shame.
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