Someone in the Republican juggernaut fighting to confirm accused sexual assaulter Brett Kavanaugh as the next justice on the Supreme Court just tipped their hand on an integral part of his expected defense in front of the Seate Judiciary Committee this Thursday, according to a report in The New York Times today.
Kavanaugh plans to hand over to the committee calendars that he kept from 1982 that do not show any references to the party at which Dr. Christine Blasey Ford alleges he attempted to rape her by pinning her to a bed and attempting to disrobe her.
The calendars were provided to the newspaper by an unidentified source working to push forward Kavanaugh’s nomination and demonstrate the lengths to which Republicans are going to try to salvage the now teetering nomination.
Of course, the fact that a party is not listed on the nominee’s calendar is not proof that he never attended the party in question, but with Republicans grasping at straws for anything that can discredit Dr. Ford, even circumstantial evidence of dubious value is being publicized in advance of the hearing to try to keep any Senators who may be wavering in their support of Kavanaugh in the confirm column.
According to The New York Times:
“The calendar pages from June, July and August 1982, which were examined by The New York Times, show that Judge Kavanaugh was out of town much of the summer at the beach or away with his parents. When he was at home, the calendars list his basketball games, movie outings, football workouts and college interviews. A few parties are mentioned but include names of friends other than those identified by Dr. Blasey,” the paper says.
The newspaper describes the calendar it saw as single pages for each month with tiny boxes for each day.
“Unusual for a teenager, Judge Kavanaugh seemed to keep track of his days even during summer vacation. The pages show typical teenage activities from the era, including “beach week” after the end of the school year and nights at the theater to see “Grease II,” “Rocky III” and “Poltergeist” with friends,” according to the Times.
Advisors to Kavanaugh have told The New York Times that to avoid the kind of backlash that can come along with denying the credibility of a woman claiming sexual assault, the nominee will continue to simply claim that Dr. Ford’s allegations are a case of mistaken identity, the so-called “Shaggy defense” after the Jamaican reggae star’s song, “It Wasn’t Me.”
As of yet, there is no word as to whether Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee will allow the FBI access to the original calendar for carbon dating of the paper and ink to go beyond the “he said, she said” nature of the committee’s investigation after their refusal to call potential corroborating witnesses in the alleged assault.
With rumors circulating on Twiter that The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow is about to publish salacious new allegations against Kavanaugh by a different woman, the strength of the evidence provided by Kavanaugh’s high school calendars may prove to be the least of his worries.
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) September 23, 2018
That this will prove to be an interesting week is the understatement. Stay tuned for new developments shortly, or as soon as this week’s edition of The New Yorker is published.
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