Clearing up the Kavanaugh case

Margot Cleveland of the Federalist gleans interesting facts from the book-length Senate committee report on sexual assault allegations made against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

While it repeated many previously known facts, the report included several new tidbits that further expose the fraudulent nature of the claims of sexual misconduct. Here are the top … takeaways.

1. Confirmation of Ford’s Changing Story

Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee differed in many respects from statements she made to her therapist, the Washington Post reporter who broke the story, and even from her initial letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Ford’s story morphed from a sexual assault by four boys in the mid-1980s, while she was in her late teens, to a sexual assault by one boy at a party attended by five people in 1982, when she was 15. …

2. Other Inconsistencies in Ford’s Story

In addition to these inconsistencies in Ford’s story, following the Senate hearing the public learned of another problem with her testimony when a former longtime boyfriend came forward. He contradicted Ford’s claim that she had never “had discussions with anyone, besides [her] attorneys, on how to take a polygraph,” and had never given “advice to somebody who was looking to take a polygraph test.” …

5. Strange Coincidences Relating to Julie Swetnick

Another interesting tidbit from the Grassley memo concerns the allegations made by Julie Swetnick, who “alleged that a teenage Justice Kavanaugh orchestrated gang rapes of inebriated women.” While the report detailed the many inconsistencies and false statements Swetnick made, those facts don’t merit mention since no one—other than Senate Democrats—put any stock in Swetnick and porn lawyer Michael Avenatti’s claims.

What proved interesting, though, was committee investigators’ discovery that Swetnick had “a lengthy history of litigation, including as a plaintiff in a sexual-harassment suit in which she was represented by Debra Katz’s firm, the same Debra Katz who represented Dr. Ford.”

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...