This article is not about whether Judge Brett Kavanaugh did or did not assault Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. While I do find her claims to be rather dubious, I’m not going to say that they are certainly false.
I’m also not going to say that whether or not Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted someone in high school during the early 1980’s is irrelevant. While I believe in second chances, I do not believe, as some on the Right are suggesting, that Dr. Ford’s claims are irrelevant just because they are old. Sexual Assault is a big deal no matter how long ago it may have happened, and if Judge Kavanaugh is guilty of it, we need to know that and re-evaluate his nomination accordingly.
What this article is about, is the hearing on these allegations that is currently scheduled for next Monday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Judge Kavanaugh has vehemently denied any inappropriate behavior, and prior to Dr. Ford’s name being published, claimed that he would not even be able to guess who might accuse him of such an act. President Trump today stated that Judge Kavanaugh is “anxious” to testify again before the Judiciary Committee next week to clear his name.
On the other hand, while Democrats clamored for a hearing to be scheduled and for the Senate’s confirmation vote on Judge Kavanaugh to be postponed from this coming Thursday, Dr. Ford’s attorney announced that she was ready and willing to testify against Judge Kavanaugh should she be given the opportunity.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley rightly announced Monday, that the Committee would postpone its previously scheduled vote, and instead will hold a hearing regarding the accusations next Monday, on September 24.
Yesterday however, Senator Grassley’s office released a statement that they had attempted to reach out to Dr. Ford and her attorney multiple times over the previous three or four days, and had yet to hear back. Despite her attorney’s initial announcement that she wanted to testify, Dr. Ford had gone radio silent.
Later last night, Dr. Ford’s attorney announced to the media that the good doctor is now refusing to testify unless the FBI first launches and completes a full investigation. The FBI has no jurisdiction in the case, and has already stated that they will not investigate. Such a demand has no precedent in Senatorial, criminal, or civil procedure and is both unreasonable and absurd.
Not only is Dr. Ford’s demand unreasonable, but it also tends to prove that Dr. Ford and the Senate Democrats are either delusional, stalling for time until after the midterm elections in November, or angling for a witch trial on Monday. Senate Republicans must put an end to this.
One of the fundamental rights guaranteed to an American is the right granted by the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution for an individual to confront the witnesses against them. Such a right, rooted upon the ancient principles of both Roman and English Common Law is a fundamental piece of the very fiber of Americanism. While the Sixth Amendment does not govern Senatorial procedure, the principles it upholds remain. We the People listen to both sides of the proverbial story before we make a decision. It’s what we do.
If Judge Kavanaugh is subjected to the humiliation of the nationally-televised goat rodeo that this hearing will certainly be–without the presence or testimony of Dr. Ford–Monday, September 24, 2018 will forever be remembered as a dark and ugly stain upon our nation’s history.
Therefore, because Dr. Ford has reneged upon her pledge to testify, there remains only one reasonable and just course of action: The Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate as a whole should immediately vote upon and confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh. No further questions should be asked, no hearing should be held. There is no need.