Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee concluded that no evidence supported the “numerous allegations” of misconduct against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh that surfaced during his confirmation process.
“This was a serious and thorough investigation that left no stone unturned in our pursuit of the facts,” said committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) in a statement on Saturday as the panel’s Republican majority released a 414-page report. “In the end, there was no credible evidence to support the allegations against the nominee.”
California professor Christine Blasey Ford testified to the committee that when they were both teenagers, a drunk Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, tried to remove her clothing and pressed his hand over her mouth when she attempted to scream at a house party.
Yale University classmate Deborah Ramirez also said that a drunken Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party and thrust his penis into her face. Additionally, high school and college classmates said publicly before Kavanaugh was confirmed that he was a heavy drinker.
Brett Kavanaugh in his testimony stood firm and conquered all of the allegations of sexual misconduct and disputed characterizations that he had a drinkng problem.
Six FBI reports on Kavanaugh over the course of his career in politics and on the bench ― probes that included interviews with nearly 150 individuals who knew him ― “did not reveal any alcohol abuse or inappropriate sexual behavior.” Senate Judiciary Committee reported.
The report included speculation by two men that Ford may have mistaken them for Kavanaugh during innocent encounters decades ago. The names of the men were redacted.
Just before Ford’s testimony, a conservative lawyer Ed Whelan suggested in a strange series of tweets that a classmate of Brett Kavanaugh who looked like him may have assaulted her. President Trump also gave credence to the theory. Ford said in her testimony that she was “100 percent” certain she was assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh.
One person interviewed who claimed to know Ford said she did drugs on occasion. The type of drugs were not specified.
Many others who claimed to know Ford too well said ill things about her.
The report concluded: “Committee investigators found no verifiable evidence that supported Dr. Ford’s allegations against Justice Kavanaugh. The witnesses that Dr. Ford identified as individuals who could confirm her allegations failed to do so, and in fact, contradicted her.”
In the Ramirez case, Committee investigators “found no verifiable evidence to support Ramirez’s allegations,” the report stated.
As for Julie Swetnick, who told NBC that Brett Kavanaugh was present in a house during high school when she said she was sexually assaulted, the committee “found no verifiable evidence to support” her allegations.
The report went fort and added, “Indeed, the evidence appears to support the position that Julie Swetnick and [her attorney, Michael] Avenatti criminally conspired to make materially false statements to the Committee and obstruct the Committee’s investigation.”
Other allegations with few details and largely unknown to the public were also dismissed by the committee.