It was bound to happen sooner or later.
After Democrats delayed the initial Judiciary Committee hearing on the Ford allegations, several other scurrilous accusations were lobbed at Kavanaugh.
And one of his accusers just landed in hot water with the FBI for this outrageous claim.
The media gleefully reported that allegations were piling up against Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
Michael Avenatti’s client made three women, so far.
But hours later, the media touted there was a fourth case from an anonymous accuser of an attempted rape on a boat in Rhode Island in 1985.
And that’s where the orchestrated smear campaign against Kavanaugh began to fall apart.
Democrat Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s staff had received a call from a “constituent.”
The claim was outlandish — a man said he and a friend confronted and beat up two other men named “Brett and Mark.” The reason for the severe beating, according to the caller, was that Brett and Mark had allegedly assaulted their friend on a boat after she met them in a local bar.
The caller claimed he recognized “Brett” was Judge Kavanaugh after seeing his high school yearbook photo on the news.
Whitehouse’s staff somehow found the accusation “credible” enough and could barely contain their excitement as they reported it to the Judiciary Committee and the FBI.
A letter from Senator Whitehouse to Chairman Chuck Grassley and Senator Dianne Feinstein read:
“This morning, a constituent contacted my office to report another allegation of sexual misconduct by Judge Brett Kavanaugh, nominee to be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. At the constituent’s request, I provided the constituent with the contact information of a reporter who might investigate the allegation. I have also alerted the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
“I look forward to hearing what further action you would like to take.”
That led the Committee to question Kavanaugh about the allegation.
Kavanaugh, clearly fed up with the smear campaign by this point, told committee investigators, “I was not in Newport, haven’t been on a boat in Newport. Not with Mark Judge on a boat, nor all those three things combined. This is just completely made up, or at least not me. I don’t know what they’re referring to.”
As it turns out, it was completely made up.
Days after the story broke nationally, Kavanaugh’s accuser recanted his story on social media.
And now, he could face multiple felony charges, as Senator Grassley has referred the matter to the FBI for potential prosecution.
As Senator Grassley noted in his letter to the FBI:
when individuals provide fabricated allegations to the Committee, diverting Committee resources during time-sensitive investigations, it materially impedes our work. Such acts are not only unfair; they are potentially illegal. It is illegal to make materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statements to Congressional investigators. It is illegal to obstruct Committee investigations.
What are your thoughts?
Should the accuser face felony criminal charges for making false statements to Congressional investigators and obstructing the Committee investigation?
Should Senator Whitehouse be forced to apologize for his role in spreading false allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh and smearing his good reputation?
Let us know in the comments below!