Senator Jeff Flake (R, AZ) sold his Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh confirmation floor vote for a week-long FBI investigation into Dr Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation against Kavanaugh. Ostensibly this was a deal he made with his BFF, Senator Chris Coons (D, DE), in return for the Senate’s Progressive-Democrats dropping their complaints that six prior FBI background checks of Kavanaugh didn’t turn up enough dirt to suit them.
Immediately after the Senate Judicial Committee hearing to vote on passing Kavanaugh’s nomination out of committee with a favorable vote (it was) Coons said that if any other allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh surfaced during the week, he believed those would have to be investigated, too. The deal, plainly, was just one more stall by the Progressive-Democrats so they could manufacture more smear. It’s hard for me to believe that Flake was unwittingly played by his friend.
Minimizing delay and calling the Progressive-Democrats’ bluff, President Donald Trump ordered the FBI to conduct its investigation, starting last Friday (Trump ordered it to begin “immediately”), limited in scope to Dr Ford’s accusation, and to complete their investigation within a week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R, KY) began, Friday evening, the process for the originally scheduled Tuesday floor vote for confirmation. The combination, if the FBI’s investigation truly is done as ordered, means the floor vote can occur over the weekend—a small delay.
We’ll see what else the Party of Character Assassination will come up with in this week.
Sadly, what’s lost in all of this is how disgustingly the Progressive-Democrats have treated Dr Ford. They chose to use her accusation—and it’s clear to me that she was abused by someone those decades ago—to manufacture a smear against Kavanaugh. Further, by holding Dr Ford’s accusation until the last moment—she had written to Senator Dianne Feinstein (D, CA) ‘way back in July, requesting anonymity at that time—these persons prevented the Committee and the FBI from investigating her claim weeks ago without exposing her. Feinstein’s—their (does anyone really believe Feinstein didn’t share this opportunity with her colleagues? Does anyone really believe that during those weeks Feinstein, et al., kept Dr Ford’s letter hidden from the FBI and from the Republican Committee members, they didn’t conduct their own investigation, that they really sprang this affair without knowing what they had in their hands?)—decision to expose Dr Ford to the press at the last moment was done solely for her/their personal political gain.
These Progressive-Democrats have abused Dr Ford almost as badly as did her unknown assailant.