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Anonymous Woman Accuses Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Of Sexual Assault

Brett Kavanaugh got a shock when a skeleton from his closet popped out.

Despite his unwillingness to answer questions concerning LGBTQ rights and issues, the Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh was going well. It looked like the United States Circuit Judge would be getting an easy ride into the Supreme Court building.

But now, sexual misconduct allegations may get in the way of that.

Democratic politicians from the Senate judiciary committee have called in the FBI over sexual misconduct allegations from when Kavanaugh was in high school. A female classmate from Kavanaugh’s time at the Georgetown Preparatory School accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

On top of the FBI being called, the accuser has gotten in contact with sexual assault attorney Deborah Katz, says Law & Crime. In addition, there is no statute of limiations for sexual felonies.

Of course, Kavanaugh has outright denied the allegations and has released the following statement:

“I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time."

Many Republicans state that this is a desperate attempt to stall Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote.

This includes White House spokeswoman Kerri Kupec who said to the New York Daily News:

“Throughout his confirmation process, Judge Kavanaugh has had 65 meetings with senators — including with Senator Feinstein — sat through over 30 hours of testimony, addressed over 2,000 questions in a public setting and additional questions in a confidential session,” Kupec said in a statement. “Not until the eve of his confirmation has Sen. Feinstein or anyone raised the specter of new ‘information’ about him.”

Meanwhile, HBO’s “Real Time” host Bill Maher said liberals’ attempt makes the U.S. look bad.

“Now they’re coming at him with this accusation from someone anonymous who said that he was at a party … but sexual assault in high school from an anonymous source, I think it makes us look bad,” Maher said.

As for Senator John Kennedy, he says the fact that democratic politicians brought out this info so late shows how even they think it’s incirumstancial.

"They’ve had this stuff for three months, if they were serious about it they should have told us about it,” Kennedy said according to Politico.

But despite what many see as a last ditch attempt to stall off Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote, the vote is still planned to roll this coming Thursday.

Will the vote become a straight party line shoot out? We’ll see soon.


Update (08/16/2018):

The formerly anonymous accuser has come forward to reveal her identity.

The accuser is Palo Alto University's psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford.

In a Washington Post article, Ford described the alleged incident. She says she was at a party with no parental supervision. She admits that she doesn't remember which house it was in, how she got to the party, and who threw it. She does remember, however, that the house where the party was located was in Montgomery County.

Ford says she was heading to an upstairs bathroom when she was pushed into a bedroom. There, she was confronted by a drunk Kavanaugh and one other teenage boy. She says Kavanaugh then pinned her to the bed and tried to force her clothing off.

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me," said Ford, who works as a research psychologist in California. "He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing."

Ford claims that she eventaully freed herself and sought safety in a nearby bathroom before slipping out of the house.

After Ford came forward with her identity, Kavanaugh denied the accusations for a second time.

Also in response, several Republicans have shared doubts at the credibility of Ford's story and have called out Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein. Feinstein allegedly had the accusation letter from Ford since July, but only now chose to bring it up.

"It’s disturbing that these uncorroborated allegations from more than 35 years ago, during high school, would surface on the eve of a committee vote after Democrats sat on them since July," said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley.

"If Ranking Member Feinstein and other Committee Democrats took this claim seriously, they should have brought it to the full Committee’s attention much earlier," he continued. "Instead, they said nothing during two joint phone calls with the nominee in August, four days of lengthy public hearings, a closed session for all committee members with the nominee where sensitive topics can be discussed and in more than 1,300 written questions."

There is still no word on whether Ford's allegations will lead to the Senate postponing Kavanaugh's confirmation vote.

Brett Kavanaugh Won't Answer Questions About Gay Rights At His Confirmation Hearing

The hearing for U.S. Supreme Court candidate Brett Kavanaugh is underway, and it’s already looking back for LGBTQ people.

According to Towleroad, Kavanaugh made a point to not discuss his opinions on LGBTQ issues.

Democratic Senator Kamala Harris from California asked Kavanaugh his opinion on gay marriage and the historic Obergefell case that brought it to reality in the US. Kavanaugh then decided to respond by commenting on the recent religious freedom case involving wedding cakes.

“In Masterpiece Cakeshop, and this is I think relevant to your question, Justice Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion, joined by Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito and Justice Gorsuch and Justice Breyer and Justice Kagan, ‘The days of discriminating against gay and lesbian Americans or treating gay and lesbian Americans as inferior in dignity and worth are over-‘”

Harris then asked, “Are over. Do you agree with that statement?”

Kavanaugh then tried to pivot away from the topic again, which led Harris to interject more assertively.

“Sir, I’m asking your opinion,” she said. “You’re the nominee right now and so it is probative of your ability to serve on the highest court in our land so I asking you a very specific question. Either you’re willing to answer it or not and if you’re not willing to answer it we can move on. Do you believe Obergefell was correctly decided?”

Kavanaugh responded by saying, “Each of the justices have declined as a matter of judicial independence, each of them, to answer questions in that line of cases. Following the precedent set by those eight justice, they’ve all declined.”

The Human Rights Campaign released a statement in response to Kavanaugh’s refusal to give a clear and concise answer to Harris’s question.

“Brett Kavanaugh’s refusal to answer very basic, very direct questions about the Supreme Court’s historic ruling bringing marriage equality nationwide is alarming and completely unacceptable,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “The Obergefell decision is settled law. If this nominee cannot so much as affirm that or the fundamental equality of LGBTQ people and our families, he should not and must not be granted a lifetime appointment to our nation’s highest court.”

Unfortunately, that wasn’t the end of it as Kavanaugh chose not to comment on gay rights and anti-discrimination.

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) asked if Kavanaugh was going to give his opinion on discriminating against gay people because of their same-sex marriage.

“In a majority of American states, you can fire somebody because they’re gay. And, I guess you’re not willing to tell me whether you personally, morally think that’s right or wrong,” said Booker.

Kavanaugh responded by saying, “I’m a judge and therefore with the cases that you’re well aware of pending about the scope of the civil rights laws, the employment discrimination laws…”

Booker interjected here and said:

 “That’s what I want to get to the point. That you won’t give me a moral answer because of the pending cases….so maybe I can ask you about your concern when you were in the Bush White House. Did you have any involvement in Bush’s effort to support a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage?”

The two then continued to speak over each other as Booker continued to ask for Kavanaugh’s opinions on gay rights and Kavanaugh kept responding by saying that he just follows the laws set before him.

Honestly, we could plot it all out for you all in, but it’s better if you just hear the mess in the video below.

While it seems like Kavanaugh is reaching for plausible deniability with his lack of response, it also seems that his silence is speaking volumes.

h/t: Towleroad

BREAKING: Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh Nominated to the Supreme Court by Donald Trump

Donald Trump just announced his nominee for new Supreme Court Justice. Brett M. Kavanaugh was announced during a White House presentation on July 9th. Kavanaugh, 53, is a federal appeals court judge and former aide to George W. Bush. Kavanaugh is a known advocate of ‘religious freedom’ and the appointment of this conservative will certainly galvanize voters before the midterm elections.

Just as we reported about Trump’s potential SCOTUS picks, Kavanaugh will change the balance of controversial battles such as abortion, LGBTQ rights, and capital punishment. Kavanaugh’s nomination comes after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement at the age of 81 in June. Justice Kennedy was typically the swing vote on highly contentious issues.

Kavanaugh still faces approval of the Senate, but if successfully appointed, it will be the first time in over 30 years that we have a conservative majority in the Supreme Court.

This is Trump’s second nomination for the Supreme Court. Upon Antonin Scalia’s death in 2016, Trump selected Justice Neil M. Gorsuch as his successor. Gorsuch has voted similar to Scalia, which hadn’t impacted SCOTUS ruling very much according to The New York Times.

With regard to LGBTQ rights, NBC reports:

Kavanaugh was“promoted heavily by the Family Research Council in 2005” when he was initially nominated for the U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. Circuit. The Family Research Council, like the Alliance Defending Freedom, has been designated an anti-LGBTQ “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center and is an outspoken opponent of LGBTQ rights, claiming homosexuality is “harmful” and “unnatural.” It is not clear, however, whether Kavanaugh agrees with the group’s anti-LGBTQ views.

During his announcement, Trump said:

Regarding one of the most profound responsibilities of the President of the United States… this is one of the most important decisions a President can make.

Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law.

He is a brilliant jurist with a clear and effective writing style, universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time.

You can watch the announcement here:

h/t: The New York TimesNBC