Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office will be investigated to determine whether it leaked a confidential letter from one of Brett Kavanaugh’s accusers, Sen. Tom Cotton said Sunday.
Cotton, an Arkansas Republican, also said lawyers recommended to Christine Blasey Ford by Democrats will face a Washington, D.C., bar investigation for telling her that Senate Judiciary Committee staffers would not travel to California to interview her about her sexual-assault allegation.
“They have betrayed her,” Cotton said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “She has been victimized by Democrats … on a search-and-destroy mission for Brett Kavanaugh.”
He also said Democrats would be at fault if women become less likely to report sexual assaults now because they did not keep Ford’s request confidential, as she had asked.
“Any impact that this entire episode has had,“ Cotton told John Dickerson, “on women’s willingness to come forward and report sexual assault, which I encourage them all to do immediately after it happens, is caused by the Democrats, is caused by Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Schumer not respecting her requests for confidentiality.“
Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, had received a letter from Ford some months ago describing the incident with Kavanaugh but had kept the material confidential, as requested in the letter. At some point, information about Ford was leaked to the press, though the California Democrat denied that she or her office were responsible.
The FBI investigation into Ford’s sexual assault allegation against Kavanaugh is unlikely to bring any new evidence to light, Cotton said, adding that the Judiciary Committee had already conducted interviews and/or received letters from people that Ford said attended the gathering at which the alleged assault occurred.
“We already know what everyone at the party has said,” he said, adding that the investigation will likely make a few senators more comfortable about voting to confirm Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
As we previously reported, Michael Avenatti, the ambulance chasing attorney, lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels, released a sworn affidavit from Swetnick in which she claimed to have met Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge in “approximately 1980-1981.”
She then went on to claim that in 1981-82, she “became aware of efforts” by Kavanaugh, Judge, and others to “spike” the punch “at house parties I attended” with the intent of incapacitating a girl who could then be gang raped. She said she witnessed Kavanaugh and Judge lining up outside a room waiting for their “turn.”
She also said that in 1982, she was a victim of such gang rape, while drugged, with Kavanaugh and Judge “present.”
However, according to her resumé, Swetnick graduated from Gaithersburg High School in 1980 prior to attending the University of Maryland. Kavanaugh graduated from Georgetown Prep in 1983. These details indicate Swetnick would have known Kavanaugh while she was 17 or 18, and he was 15 or 16 years old and that she was attending high school parties while she was a college student.
As well, Swetnick has admitted to returning to these alleged gang-rape parties nearly a dozen times.
Perhaps the FBI should be investigating her salacious acts with minors?
Adding evil to her admitted perversion, Planned Parenthood sent out an email fundraiser letter to supporters Wednesday announcing that a third woman, Julie Swetnick, is accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.
“Enough is enough: Kavanaugh must withdraw now,” writes Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, in an email made available to Breitbart News.
Moving forward with Kavanaugh’s nomination at this point would be irresponsible and dangerous. It tells survivors of sexual assault that they don’t matter. It tells the public that one man’s promotion matters more than the safety of multiple women. And it sends a message that partisan politics trumps not only fairness, but basic human compassion.
Speak out now: This nomination is a disgrace. Brett Kavanaugh must withdraw.
“[T]ogether, funneling our hurt and our anger into action, we’ll stop this nomination from going any further,” Laguens adds.
The fundraising letter comes with a “trigger warning” as well: “This message includes information about sexual assault. If you are finding it difficult to hear about sexual violence in the media and online, remember to take care of yourself.”
Questions, however, arose quickly about Swetnick’s accusations after it was discovered that she would have been a college student during the period of time she claims Kavanaugh was “present” at gang rapes during high school parties.
Christine Blasey Ford’s opening statement tells a by-now familiar story of a party she attended in the summer of 1982, where she alleges that a drunken Brett Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and groped her while Kavanaugh’s friend stood by and watched.
There are a few new details, including how the remodeling her California home prompted her to describe the assault to her husband and therapist:
Ford writes that old memories she tried to suppress resurfaced during couples therapy in 2012:
“The reason this came up in counseling is that my husband and I had completed an extensive remodel of our home, and I insisted on a second front door, an idea that he and others disagreed with and could not understand. In explaining why I wanted to have a second front door, I described the assault in detail. I recall saying that the boy who assaulted me could someday be on the U.S. Supreme Court.”
Ford says after 2012, she confided in a few friends that she had been a victim of sexual assault, mentioning only that her attacker was “a prominent lawyer or judge, but I did not mention his name.”
Ford writes that until July 2018, “I had never named Mr. Kavanaugh as my attacker outside of therapy.”
Ford’s opening statement mentions how difficult it has been for her to go public, but she denies any partisan motives:
“I have been accused of acting out of partisan political motives. Those who say that do not know me. I am a fiercely independent person and I am no one’s pawn. My motivation in coming forward was to provide the facts about how Mr. Kavanaugh’s actions have damaged my life, so that you can take that into serious consideration as you make your decisions about how to proceed. It is not my responsibility to determine whether Mr. Kavanaugh deserves to sit on the Supreme Court. My responsibility is to tell the truth.”
As for the attack itself, Ford writes that what “terrified” her the most “and has had the most lasting impact on my life” was her feeling that when Brett “put his hand over my mouth to stop me from screaming…I thought that Brett was accidentally going to kill me.”
Ford admits she does not remember all the details of the attack: “I don’t have all the answers, and I don’t remember as much as I would like to,” she wrote. “But the details about that night that bring me here today are ones I will never forget. They have been seared into my memory and have haunted me episodically as an adult.”
Ford says four boys and one girl were at the party. She said she cannot recall the name of the fourth boy.
In addition to Kavanaugh’s denial, three of the people Ford named as being at the party also have signed sworn statements saying they have no memory of the party or behavior described by Ford.
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
October 1st, 2018