FBI Charged With Investigating The Wrong Thing

The FBI has been charged by the White House with investigating the wrong thing. The agency should not be investigating if Brett Kavanaugh assaulted Chrsitine Blasey Ford but rather if Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath to Congress. Going into the FBI investigation, it was clear that we already knew all that would be told about the charge of that assault. What needs to be investigated is if someone who wants very much to be on the Supreme Court of the United States evades the truth and lies.

The FBI was told by the White House to not interview Christine Blasey Ford because to interview her would require also interviewing Brett Kavanaugh. The FBI investigators , much more skilled in questioning than the Senators who questioned Brett Kavanaugh, would have found evidence that his answers were not verifiable.

An article in Current Affairs goes through Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27, 2018 and illustrates the specifics of how Brett Kavanaugh cleverly avoided answering questions and perjured himself.  It is a long read but worth your time when you consider the importance of this lifetime appointment. Having justices on the Supreme Court who respect the truth is essential to the functioning of our democracy.

I am going to send this article to my Senators and urge them to highlight its content as they discuss the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh with the media in hopes that telling the truth under oath becomes what the public insists upon.

Will you do the same?

Requirement For The Job Of Supreme Court Justice: Truth-Telling

In order for any court of law to function, there has to be the belief that taking an oath to tell the truth means that the truth is being spoken. Those taking the oath must believe that. The jury must believe that. The judge must believe that.

That belief is so important that we must not knowingly put a judge on any court who does not respect that taking an oath to tell the truth means telling the truth. Brett Kavanaugh has not told the truth under oath. For that reason alone, he should not sit on the Supreme Court of the United States

The September 28th editorial in The Boston Globe lists the times that Brett Kavanaugh has not told the truth to the Senate Judiciary Committee:

• In 2004, Kavanaugh said he was not involved in the handling of the controversial nomination of federal Judge William Pryor. That was a lie. E-mails later showed that he was involved.

• Kavanaugh was asked if he was involved with a scheme to steal Democratic staff e-mails related to judicial confirmations. He lied about it. E-mails showed that he was involved.

• In 2006, Kavanaugh was asked if he was involved in the controversial nomination of federal Judge Charles Pickering. He lied about that too and said he was not.

• In 2006, Kavanaugh was asked about his role in the nomination of William Haynes, the Pentagon general counsel involved in creating the Bush administration’s interrogation policies. He lied about that.

Then, on Thursday, under oath and with the nation watching, he made statements so preposterous that senators should view them as an insult to their intelligence.

• He said the term “devil’s triangle” in his yearbook entry referred to a drinking game. Google it. It doesn’t.

• He said the word “boof” referred to flatulence. Again, no.

• Then there was his assertion that his yearbook description of himself as a “Renate Alumnius” was meant only to signify his friendship with Renate Dolphin, a woman who attended another school and socialized with Kavanaugh. Other football players were described as “Renate Alumni.” We know what they intended to insinuate. You know what they meant to insinuate. Everyone knows. Senators may never be able to establish with forensic certainty that Kavanaugh’s entry was intended as a sexual boast, but they’re allowed to use common sense.

In addition to these examples, it has been verified on October 1, 2018 that Brett Kavanaugh lied about when he first learned of the accusation against him by Debbie Ramirez, a Yale classmate. He said under oath to the Judiciary Committee that he first learned of that accusation when it was reported in The New Yorker. Emails between Brett Kavanaugh and other Yale classmates show that he knew about the accusation and discussed it with others before the publishing of The New Yorker piece.

The Boston Globe concludes:

Put aside that allegation (by Christine Blasey Ford) for a moment, serious as it is. Forget about the FBI inquiry. You can believe that a Supreme Court nominee’s conduct in high school doesn’t matter anyway. You can believe that crass material in a yearbook shouldn’t be held against him as an adult. You can even believe that maybe he genuinely doesn’t remember the assault, which Ford says happened when he was very drunk.

Those are all separate questions from whether he’s been honest.

Unfortunately, the only way for senators to convince themselves that Kavanaugh hasn’t already been shown to be a habitual liar is to lie to themselves.

Right Now Act

The American Bar Association late Thursday wrote to the Senate Judiciary Committee imploring the committee to not vote on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh until there is an FBI investigation.

America, the prestigious Catholic magazine which is the voice of American Jesuits, yesterday withdrew its endorsement of Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court Justice.

The Judiciary Committee must listen to the religious order that educated Brett Kavanaugh and the professional accrediting body which certifies who can practice law in this country and recommends those who are worthy of judgeships.

Please call your senator early this morning, urging him or her to heed what the ABA and the Jesuits are saying. Call your friends in other states and ask them to do the same. The future of our democracy depends on having Supreme Court Justices in whom we have trust because they have unquestioned integrity and a Senate that delivers on its Constitutional responsibility.