WASHINGTON, D.C., September 28, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Adding further confusion to the sexual assault claims against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, two unidentified men have reportedly claimed responsibility for assaulting Christine Blasey Ford.
Ford, a Palo Alto University clinical psychologist and registered Democrat with a record of left-wing activism, accused the judge earlier this month of trying to rape her as a drunken teenager at a house party in the early 1980s. Kavanaugh has forcefully denied the charge, and none of the individuals Ford claims attended the party can recall such an event.
On Thursday, reports surfaced that two men have contacted the Senate Judiciary Committee this week to claim they, not Kavanaugh, were involved in the sexual “encounter” with Ford “that is the basis of her allegation.”
Committee staff interviewed the first man, who “described his recollection of their interaction in some detail,” via telephone on September 24 and submitted a “more in-depth written statement” on the 26th. That day, committee investigators spoke with a second man who “explained his recollection of the details of the encounter.” Neither man has been publicly identified.
Committee Republicans do not appear to have taken their “confessions” seriously; they went largely ignored during Thursday’s hearing. “One’s crazy as a loon. I don’t believe the other one,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-NC, told CBS News on Thursday. “I’m not going to play this game.”
“Everything I know about Judge Kavanaugh suggests he’s not this kind of person,” Graham continued. “Ms. Ford, there’s no doubt in my mind there was some kind of trauma in her life. But we live in a country where you are presumed innocent, and you have to corroborate accusations of felonies, and there’s no corroboration here.”
Despite skepticism over these two men, Kavanaugh himself and many on the right have granted that someone else may have tried to rape Ford, and she has misidentified or misremembered her attacker.
Ford emphatically denies any possibility of mistaken identity, but Kavanaugh’s defenders point to research indicating that traumatic experiences can lead the brain to confuse details in their recollections, as well as Ford’s inability to recall such as how many people attended the party, the house’s location or owner, the year of the party, or who drove her there and home.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-10 Friday to approve Kavanaugh’s nomination, sending him to the full Senate for final consideration. Townhall reports that Republicans have the votes to put Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.