(National Sentinel) Discovery: In a late-breaking development Wednesday, Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans revealed they had talked to two men this week who said they had an encounter with Christine Blasey Ford decades ago, and that she is mistakingly blaming it on Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
The revelation came amid a flurry of last-minute accusations from at least three other women against Kavanaugh, one who claimed he ‘raped’ her in the back seat of a car.
Committee Republicans said in a statement that on Monday they conducted their “first interview with a man who believes he, not Judge Kavanaugh, had the encounter with Dr. Ford in 1982 that is the basis of his [sic] complaint.” They conducted a second interview the next day, Fox News is reporting.
Following reports last week claiming that this could be a case of mistaken identity — Kavanaugh has said he didn’t even know Ford or any of his accusers — Ford said there was “zero chance” she was mistaken.
But that doesn’t jibe with the claims of the still-unidentified man whom Senate Judiciary Republicans say they talked to. And there’s the fact that Kavanaugh has unequivocally denied all allegations.
Republicans said in the statement, they received a “more in-depth written statement from the man interviewed twice previously who believes he, not Judge Kavanuagh, had the encounter in question with Dr. Ford.” Republican investigators said they also spoke on the phone with another man making a similar claim.
Fox News noted further:
Ford first brought her allegations to the attention of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., in July, but Feinstein didn’t disclose the allegations to her Senate colleagues or federal authorities until days before a crucial Judiciary Committee vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation earlier this month. Republicans have accused Feinstein’s office of compromising Ford’s anonymity by sitting on the allegations until she could deploy them for maximum political gain.
Democrats claimed that Republicans were trying to muddy the waters with “last-minute” claims, but of course, the same can be said of them. It’s difficult to imagine their hands are clean regarding the flurry of additional claims made by more women ‘at the last minute’ late Wednesday.
Democrats, who have already been furious over the handling of the investigation of these allegations, had not been told of the following interviews by GOP until info was publicly released tonight, per senior Democratic official. Ds had asked for all relevant evidence pic.twitter.com/AabHjf4TsQ
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) September 27, 2018
Ford is scheduled to provide testimony to the Judiciary Committee this morning. The hearing will begin with opening statements from Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
Senators on the panel will have a single five-minute period to ask Ford questions.
“Republicans have retained Rachel Mitchell, an experienced sex-crimes prosecutor, to handle some of their questioning, saying it will help avoid an overtly political atmosphere,” Fox News reported.
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