Opinion: Why the evidence against Kavanaugh is unreliable
By Reporter Morgan Williams
Brett Kavanaugh should be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. He has been accused and has had his family attacked. He deserves a fast and fair affirmative vote from the Senate.
On July 9, 2018, President Trump announced Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. For the next several months, Kavanaugh met with Democratic and Republican senators and went through his confirmation hearings.
On Sept. 16, the Washington Post published a story detailing a letter that Christine Blasey Ford sent to a senior Democratic lawmaker alleging Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her 36 years ago.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, requested to delay Kavanaugh's confirmation vote because of these allegations. Feinstein had been aware of the allegations since July.
As of this date, three women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault and misconduct, and none have proof. Ford said she thought Kavanaugh, at a party in 1982, “might inadvertently kill her.” Ford has other considerable holes in her story, including how she doesn’t recall where the alleged assault occurred.
The second accuser, Deborah Ramirez, attended Yale University with Kavanaugh and is now leveling an accusation at him from another incident that occurred 35 years ago. According to The New Yorker, the alleged incident has no confirmed eyewitnesses, other than Ramirez.
Julie Swetnick, the third accuser, said Kavanaugh attended parties where women were verbally abused and “gang raped.” Swetnick’s attorney, Michael Avenatti, who also represents Stormy Daniels, has credibility issues himself.
As a young woman, I still support Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. In fact, I support it more, given what he and his family have had to endure. There is no question of his ability as a jurist, and I think we all should appreciate a nominee who says “I will always strive to preserve the Constitution of the United States and the American rule of law.”
I have doubts that an FBI investigation would provide any damaging evidence, especially since Kavanaugh has undergone six FBI background checks prior to these allegations.
We as a country and society cannot allow this moment in history to become the precedent for future nominations. As President Trump said, guilty until proven innocent is a very dangerous standard for our country. If we judge every future nomination or candidate by their actions when they were a teenager, we will certainly have to start looking into people like Senator Cory “I am Spartacus” Booker for his groping admission.
To the U.S. Senate: Do what is right and confirm Brett Kavanaugh.